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Norman Chisale seeks court order against arrests

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Peter Mutharika

Former president Peter Mutharika’s personal bodyguard, Norman Chisale, is seeking relief from further arrests by applying to the court for a stay order and injunction against the Malawi Police Service.

The application was heard Wednesday by Justice Lovemore Chikopa of the Supreme Court of Appeal before he adjourned the matter to next week Monday.

Through his lawyer, Chancy Gondwe, Chisale wants the court to grant him a stay order against the “conduct of Malawi Police Service in multiple, consecutive and endless arrests”.

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After yesterday’s hearing, Gondwe told The Daily Times that the state was not ready to proceed with the hearing at the moment apparently because it wants to get more sworn statements, hence the adjournment.

“We applied for an injunction and stay orders because the High Court in Lilongwe already granted us permission for judicial review, but declined those interim remedies. So we renewed the application for remedies in the Supreme Court of Appeal. Those are the reliefs that we are seeking,” Gondwe said.

Chisale was first arrested on July 14 this year on counts of fraud and money laundering before being re-arrested three days later on a charge of attempted murder.

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He was then re-arrested later on 28 July on suspicion that he had a hand in the killing of Issa Njauju who until his death was Anti-Corruption Bureau Director of Corporate Affairs.

On the first arrest, Chisale is suspected to have used Mutharika’s Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) to import thousands of bags of cement worth K5 billion without paying tax.

The former president distanced himself from the transaction, saying he had not authorised anyone to export let alone clear the consignment in his name.

Chisale is still in custody awaiting bail application and bearing in relation to the murder charge.

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