Cop denies aiding fugitive Mohan
A POLICE officer accused of helping murder suspect Matthew Mohan
escape from custody yesterday denied the charge before a Lusaka magistrate
George Sitwala, 36, of Lusaka’s Sikanze camp, pleaded not guilty
before Magistrate Mbambi Chilembo to one count of aiding a prisoner to escape
from lawful custody contrary to section 121 of the Laws of
Particulars of the offence are that Sitwala, on September 1,
2009, assisted Mohan, the managing director for Inktech, who was in lawful
custody at Lusaka Central Prison, to escape.
Magistrate Chilembo asked
Sitwala if he had understood the charge read to him and the accused answered in
Sitwala, who had been in custody since Tuesday, decided
to apply for bail and the State did not object.
The magistrate granted
Sitwala bail of K10 million in his own recognisance and he was asked to provide
two working sureties.
In another development, ZANIS reports that a
magistrate court in Nakonde in Northern Province has committed two paramilitary
police officers to the High Court for summary trial on charges of aggravated
robbery and murder.
Appearing before Magistrate John Njapau yesterday was
Sergeant William Kapandi and Constable Alex Malaya, who are jointly charged with
one count of aggravated robbery contrary to section 292 Cap 87 of the Laws of
Zambia and one count of murder contrary to section 200 Cap 87 of the Laws of
Mr Njapau committed to the High Court the duo from B-company in
Kafue Gorge following a directive from the Director of Public
“The court has received directives from the DPP to commit
the accused persons to the High Court for summary trial,” he said.
said the duo was expected to appear during the next session of the High Court to
be held in Kasama.
The suspects are alleged to have murdered a Zambia
Revenue Authority (ZRA) driver Kennedy Mutale on December 2 last year and stole
a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to the ZRA, valued at K130 million.
Mutale was allegedly shot five times in the head at close range and died
He had gone to pick the accused police officers from their
quarters situated in the ZRA customs compound.
(Times of Zambia)