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Kambwili apologises for not attending court

FORMER Roan PF member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili yesterday apologised to Lusaka principal resident magistrate Humphrey Chitalu for not attending court in a case he is charged with expressing racial remarks against an Indian.

The State, through public prosecutor, Brian Sianyengo on Monday threatened to apply for bench warrant against Kambwili if he did not appear in court yesterday.

But when Kambwili availed himself before court, he apologised for not showing up, saying he was advised by his lawyers that the Chief Justice authorised lawyers to attend the Commonwealth Law Conference in Livingstone, hence his absence.

“I am sorry for not coming to court yesterday (Monday),” he said.

And magistrate Chitalu adjourned the case to April 29 for mention and setting of trial dates.

Kambwili is charged with one count of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for persons.

It is alleged that Kambwili on February 19 this year in Lusaka expressed racial remarks on Rajesh Kumar Verma, an Indian but he denied committing the offence.

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