Hichilema’s treason trial begins on Monday

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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.

 

 

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3 Responses to Hichilema’s treason trial begins on Monday

  1. If there is no overt evidence why did they arrest him and charge him with fake Treason charges?HH has been in Jail for close 4 months for a Crime he did Not commit. Why charge him for Treason when he is alleged to have committed a Traffic Offence? A Traffic Offence is no where near Treason.Besides HH was not driving the car he was riding as a Passenger. Since when are Passengers charged for Traffic Offences. This persecution thru Prosecution must be stopped fortwith. Dictator and Sadist Jonathan is abusing State Institutions and machinery to persecute his political opponents.

    Mwansa
    August 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm
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  2. Ati Jonathan,lol

    tonfotonfo
    August 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm
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  3. Let’s just go ahead with the case your honour and suffer the embarrassment later. It will be humiliating and a waste of government resources and abuse of court process. Because a nolle will be embarrassing.

    Prince Mande
    August 12, 2017 at 5:35 pm
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