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High Court adjourns K186 million forfeiture case

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The High Court sitting in Lilongwe has adjourned the forfeiture case involving murder convict Pika Manondo to March 2 this year.

In the case, the State, through Attorney General Thabo Nyirenda, wants to forfeit US$187,400 (about K186 million) from Manondo.

The money is suspected to be proceeds of Cashgate and is being kept in a safe deposit box at First Merchant Bank.

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During the court hearing Tuesday, Manondo told the court that he was not able to defend himself as the State did not serve him with a proper notice on the commencement of the case.

Judge William Msiska adjourned the case to allow Manondo to thoroughly go through some documents so that he can ably defend himself in the case.

In his response, Nyirenda said he was comfortable with the ruling.

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“In such cases, the accused is supposed to defend himself, hence the court has adjourned the case in order that the accused should have time to prepare,” Nyirenda said.

Malawi Police Service agents found the money in 2013, three days after the then budget director Paul Mphwiyo, who is also answering a Cashgate case, was shot at in Lilongwe.

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