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12 police officers arrested in connection with Lule’s death

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James Kadadzera

Twelve police officers have been arrested in connection with the death of Buleya Lule, a 44-year-old man who died in police custody in Lilongwe in February this year.

Lule was a suspect in the abduction and killing of a 14-year-old boy with albinism Goodson Fanizo Makanjira in Dedza District.

National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera said in a statement Friday that the officers will appear in court on Monday.

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Kadadzera further said Lule’s file was referred to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for perusal and legal advice.

“The DPP has directed that all police officers implicated in the death of Buleya Lule be prosecuted. Meanwhile the 12 suspected police officers have been arrested in connection with the offence of murder. The officers will appear in court on Monday July 13, 2020,” reads part of the statement.

Lule was among six suspects that were arrested following the abduction of Fanizo Makanjira in February 2019.

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He died in police custody on February 20, 2019; two days after police arrested him.

A forensic autopsy report by Malawi’s top pathologist Charles Dzamalala which was released on April 12, 2019 showed that the primary cause of death was electrocution, aside from the various assaults with different objects.

Meanwhile, Kadadzera Friday also confirmed reports that the Fiscal and Fraud section of the Malawi Police Service had arrested former Malawi Revenue Authority Deputy Commisioner Rosa Mbilizi.

He however did not have details pertaining to circumstances of her arrest and charges at the time of going to press.

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