Trial in the long awaited treason case slapped on Zambia’s leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others will resume on Monday, August 14, 2017 in the Lusaka High Court.
Hichilema was brutally arrested on the 10th of April 2017 after he was accused of obstructing a presidential motorcade in Mongu, a situation the state says put the life of the president in danger.
Magistrate Greenwell Malumani who was short of dismissing the case in the lower court but said had no jurisdiction ruled that the case was weak to stand as a treason charge citing lack of overt acts.
Hichilema’s lawyer Gilbert Phiri says:
In simple terms, an overt act is a physical act which gives someone REASONABLE belief that another person INTENDS or has INTENTIONS of harming them or even killing them.
A charge of treason must always be accompanied by overt acts.