Former president Peter Mutharika’s personal bodyguard, Norman Chisale, who was formally charged with murder will stay longer on remand after the presiding judge of the case has gone on compassionate leave.
The case was committed to the High Court and hearing of the bail application was supposed to take place on Wednesday.
Lawyer representing Chisale, Chancy Gondwe, has told The Daily Times that High Court Judge Fiona Mwale, who was supposed to preside over the case, has gone on compassionate leave.
“We understand that the learned judge is on compassionate leave,” he said.
Gondwe said they would get the direction from the judge in charge on the case.
“May be it will be assigned to another judge,” he said.
Chisale was arrested in connection with the death of Issa Njaunju, who was Director of Corporate Services at the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB).
He was re-arrested after he was released on bail for another charge of procurement of cement worth K5 billion using former president Peter Mutharika’s duty free status.
Currently Chisale is remanded at Maula Prison in Lilongwe but he is also answering charges of attempt murder in Blantyre.
Meanwhile, 13 police officers accused of murdering Buleya Lule are now free as paperwork to necessitate their release has finally been finalised.
The High Court in Lilongwe accepted sureties for the 13 police officers on Monday but had not finished authenticating bail bonds.
However, they could not leave the gates of the prison as they did not finalise surety formalities.
Lawyer representing the 13, Enoch Chibwana said his clients have finally been released and they are now free waiting for trial.