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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has engaged the Attorney General (AG) on the recent Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) report on circumstances surrounding the death of Buleya Lule.

Lule was among six suspects arrested following the abduction of Goodson Makanjira, a boy with albinism in Dedza, in February 2019.

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National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, Sunday said the report was presented to the office of Inspector General (IG) Rodney Jose who, in response, has written the AG for a legal opinion.

“IG has written the Attorney General seeking his legal opinion on the report,” he said.

MHRC report confirms that Lule was tortured to death while in police custody and that police violated his rights.

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The commission’s inquiry, led by Ombudsman Martha Chizuma, recommended that nine police officers should be investigated to find out the role they played in the death of Lule.

The report also implicates C Division’s four officers who escorted the suspect from Lilongwe Principal Magistrate Court to Lilongwe Police Station after he had appeared in court.

It further recommends that the office of the IG should institute a criminal investigation of all police officers who arrested Lule on February 18 2019.

Recently, MPS also said it had instituted a taskforce to establish circumstances that led to the death of Lule.

Lule’s wife broke into tears when Chizuma released a report on the commission’s findings into circumstances that led to his death.

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