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Judge hears cashgate case in incomplete building

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High Court Judge Fiona Mwale Tuesday heard a Cashgate case in a building currently under construction in Lilongwe.

Mwale decided to hear arguments for sentencing of Cashgate convict Caroline Savala in a building being constructed adjacent to the High Court building.

Savala, who last year was convicted of charges of looting public money amounting to K84 million in 2013, is awaiting sentencing.

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The issue of service of documents led to the adjournment of the matter to May 16, 2016. The matter may however be shifted to another date since Monday is a public holiday.

Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula, said completion of the structure is expected to ease the problem of courtrooms.

“Currently we do not have enough court rooms. One of the court rooms [in the new building in Lilongwe] will be for the Chief Resident Magistrate. There will also be court rooms for the High Court,” Mvula said.

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With the ongoing cashgate cases, there has been a big demand for court rooms in Lilongwe. Apart, from that, the size of some court rooms has caused some problems in cases where many suspects are involved.

Recently, it was proposed that the matter in which about 18 suspects are answering Cashgate charges should be moved to a spacious room.

There is also a case involving 13 suspects, which, in most cases, the court room is always filled to capacity.

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