Now Mongu Magistrate Mwanandiwa Overturns His earlier Judgment to - TopicsExpress


Now Mongu Magistrate Mwanandiwa Overturns His earlier Judgment to Dismiss Case of Sedition Against 4 Barotse Activists Over Barotseland Flags and Other Articles of Statehood Mongu, Barotseland In a dramatic turn of events, Mongu Magistrate Benard Mwanandiwa has Overturned his own judgment in which he found guilty and incarcerated Kaiko Kaiko, Malamo Mubiana, Mubiana Muyunda and Muyendekwa Christoppher, pending sentencing, over the charge of Sedition, for possessing the Barotseland flag, national anthem, court of arms, structure of government and other articles of Barotseland’s statehood, some of which were extracts from the internet. However, when the 4 were brought before him for sentencing yesterday they were pleasantly surprised to hear their case being dismissed, and consequently learning that they were now free men! Our news source were made to understand that the 4 were to serve jail sentences of up to 1 year 8 months when suddenly the magistrate released them and dismissed their case in a dramatic turnaround! Over the week, there were strong demands from the Barotseland National Youth League who wrote the magistrate demanding the unconditional release of the accused as they had done no crime. This letter was also copied to the international community. This comes barely a week after the release, through a Nolle Proscui, of 54 others facing charges of treason over Barotseland statehood, while 30 other Barotseland nationals were released on the 1st of November 2013 in a Lusaka magistrate court, from the same charge of treason after the Zambian DPP entered a nolle for lack of sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. However, the latest release may be an outright dismissal although reasons have not been explained, and it is not clear yet whether the case was dismissed with any cost to the state. Efforts to get clarification from either the prosecution or the defense teams were not successful by press time. - See more at: barotsepost/index.php/en/frontnews/local-news/609-now-mongu-magistrate-mwanandiwa-overrules-his-earlier-judgment-to-dismiss-case-of-sedition-against-4-barotse-activists-over-barotseland-flags-and-other-articles-of-statehood#sthash.uN0lzW1u.dpuf
Posted on: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:23:22 +0000

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