Sean finally released on bond

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Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) leader Sean Tembo has been released from police custody after spending four days behind bars.

Tembo was picked up by police on Saturday after he allegedly questioned the mental health of President Edgar Lungu but was only formally charged with defamation of the president yesterday.

And speaking shortly after he was granted bond this afternoon, Tembo who was flanked by alliance partners Hakainde Hichilema (UPND) and Elias Chipimo (NAREP), said he was ready for his day in court as he believes his response to President Lungu’s state of the nation address did not constitute defamation.

Asked if he considers his arrest and detention a violation of his human rights, Tembo answered in the affirmative.

And on his decision to go on a hunger strike, the opposition leader explained to journalists that he was protesting against the decision to keep him in police custody without charge.

He described his treatment at the hands of state police as an abuse of state institutions to settle political scores.

Tembo will appear in court to take plea on April 14, 2019.

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