HH’s treason case: What Thursday’s adjournment means?

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HH in red waves at his supporters as he left court to prison

The motion to have a preliminary inquiry undertaken by the subordinate court has been granted today.

This entails that while the subordinate court will not try the treason charges levelled against the UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema and others, it will take evidence from witnesses beginning 4th and 5th May 2017.

This will be to determine whether there exists a case triable by the High Court.

At the end of the enquiry, the Court can either discharge HH and the other accused of the charges if the evidence does not disclose any offence, or find that there is a triable case in which event the accused will have to stand trial in the high Court.

HH and the other accused will remain in custody throughout this process.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) retains the right to commit the accused to the high court for trial.

As it is, the state has ultimate control of the proceedings because it is the state that must avail witnesses to Court on time.

This means that HH and the other accused remain, to a very large degree, at the mercy of the state.

Depending on how the Court and the parties conduct themselves, the Preliminary inquiry can take anything from a few weeks to several months to reach logical conclusion.


5 Responses to HH’s treason case: What Thursday’s adjournment means?

  1. dismiss this case

    April 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

  2. Politicians are funny, why don’t they learn from history; they are dull what happened in the past can affect anyone in future.

    April 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    • They better also learn that the saying “Lelo chili pamzako mailo chili pali iwe!” or “Do unto other’s as you’d have them do unto you!” and “What goes around comes around!” and there are many more wise sayings which politicians choose to disregard!

      April 29, 2017 at 3:13 am

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