Govt Says Kasambara Will Face Trial
The Malawi government has said prominent lawyer Ralph Kasambara will face trial despite mounting local and international calls to have him released unconditionally.
Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume told parliament Tuesday that the police were justified to arrest the former Attorney General.
“He will still face trial on four counts that include abduction and unlawful wounding,” said Chiume responding to queries from opposition MPs over the continued detention of Kasambara.
During this time opposition parties including a few government MPs booed the Minister as he declared to ahead to have Mr. Kasambara face trial.
Last week, Salima South MP Uladi Mussa demanded last week that government should explain if Malawi was in a state of emergency over the disrespect of the rule of law.
Meanwhile, the police are yet to re-arrest five alleged accomplices of law Mr. Kasambara, six days after the prominent lawyer was re-arrested.
The five were arrested together with the former Attorney General on valentine day and released together on bail but the police only re-arrested the lawyer.
After the re-arrest on February 15, Southern Region Police Publicist Nicholas Gondwa told ZBS that the law enforcers would also nab the five accomplices.
“We can’t re-arrest them at once we have started one by one so we will definitely arrest them,” said Gondwa but up to now the five are still free raising speculation that there is more than meets the eye on Kasambara’s arrest.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kasambara is in hospital at Mwaiwathu in Blantyre where he was taken after he fell ill while Zomba Maximum Security Prison.
But with government’s declaration that he will face trial it highly likely that once he gets well he will be sent back to prison.—Zodiak Online
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