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 2009-09-05 02:33 pm Back to NEWS
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 court.

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 Zambia.

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 the affirmative.

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 Zambia.

Mr Njapau committed to the High Court the duo from B-company in Kafue Gorge following a directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“The court has received directives from the DPP to commit the accused persons to the High Court for summary trial,” he said.

He 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.

Mr Mutale was allegedly shot five times in the head at close range and died instantly.
He had gone to pick the accused police officers from their quarters situated in the ZRA customs compound.

(Times of Zambia)

 
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