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Norman Chisale property seizure case drags, shifted to October 11

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By Isaac Salima:

Hearing of the case in which Norman Chisale, security aide to former president Peter Mutharika, is seeking the Constitutional Court’s intervention in the property seizure matter has been shifted to October 11 this year.

The court was Monday expected to hear the case after the defence indicated that it wanted the case to be processed as a constitutional matter.

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However, High Court and Supreme Court Registrar Gladys Gondwe said the case had been adjourned because one of the members of the panel could not make it on the date set earlier.

“Meanwhile, the court will be on vacation from July 29 until early October,” she said.

In February this year, the High Court granted the government an order to seize Chisale’s property worth K1.7 billion for being suspected to be proceeds of a crime.

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Chisale’s lawyer Chancy Gondwe confirmed that the case had been shifted to October.

“The case will go to court on October 11 2021 before a panel of three judges chaired by Judge Dingiswayo Madise,” he said.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Steven Kayuni also confirmed to have been communicated to on the new date.

“We will make our presentation when the day comes,” Kayuni said.

Judge Mike Tembo granted the seizure order to the office of the DPP through the Asset Forfeiture Unit, Malawi Police Service, the Financial Intelligence Authority, Anti-Corruption Bureau and Fiscal and Fraud Department, who had jointly applied for the court order.

The items to be seized include residential properties and a fleet of over 70 motor vehicles.

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