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Bakili Muluzi’s case continues Monday

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The case in which former president Bakili Muluzi is answering charges of misappropriating K1.7 billion will resume in court today after it was adjourned on Thursday last week.

Hearing of the case was supposed to take place at the High Court in Blantyre on Thursday but both the state and the defence failed to meet deadlines for submitting some documents they were to serve each other on Tuesday.

On Monday, Judge Maclean Kamwambe advised the state to serve the defence with original copies of bank statements on Tuesday afternoon in compliance with the Banker’s Book of Evidence Act which provides for submission of original copies of bank documents when arguing a case.

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On the same day, Kamwambe also instructed the defence to give the state the application they made about referring the case to the Constitutional Court so that they could go through it before making their suggestion on the request.

However, both parties failed to meet the Tuesday deadline but managed to serve each other on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Judiciary’s Spokesperson Mlenga Mvula, failure to meet the deadline compelled Judge Kamwambe to adjourn the case so that the state and the defence can have time to go through the documents.

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“Indeed, the hearing was expected to proceed today[Thursday] but, unfortunately, the state had managed to serve the defence with the copies on Wednesday, hence the judge thought it wise to adjourn the case. Likewise, the defence also did not serve the state with the application to take the matter to the Constitutional Court on the same day and this is another factor that led to the adjournment,” said Mvula.

Muluzi and his former secretary Lynes Whiskey are answering charge of corruption.

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