The High Court in Blantyre has reserved to Monday a ruling on whether to grant bail former president Peter Mutharika’s security aide Norman Chisale who is facing a charge of attempted murder in relation to a shooting incident that happened in Chimwankhunda Township in Blantyre in May this year.
Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Simeon Mdeza remanded Chisale for seven days after an application by the State but High Court Judge Silvester Kalembera has set aside the ruling and heard the bail application in camera Thursday.
Chisale’s lawyer Chancy
Gondwe told The Daily Times that the judge had set Monday for his bail ruling after hearing arguments from both sides.
Gondwe said the State argued and presented their submissions which include the seven-day remand.
“We therefore asked the court to reverse that order and proceed to hear the bail application. We submitted before the court that the seven-day remand order was erroneous and wrong in law.
“The court reviewed the order of the Chief Resident Magistrate and set it aside and proceeded to hear the bail application,” Gondwe said.
He further argued that with the rapid spread of the coronavirus and government’s subsequent prevention directives, it would be in the interest of justice if his client was released on bail so that he can wait for his appearance in court while in a safer environment.
Chisale’s arrest in the attempted murder case came hot on the heels of his previous detention in connection with the importation of 60,000 tonnes of cement using Mutharika’s Taxpayer Identification Number.
After being granted court bail in the cement case, he was immediately picked again on allegations that he shot a woman on a leg while pursuing people who allegedly wanted to attack him.
Last week, he reacted angrily to his re-arrest, saying that as a human being, he felt pain too and needed some time out of the cooler.