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Peter Mutharika’s stepson, 4 others charged with murder

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Peter Kalaya

Former president Peter Mutharika’s stepson, Tadikira Mafubza, and four others have been charged with murder and trafficking in persons.

Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Chimwaza on Friday committed the suspects to the High Court (Mzuzu Registry).

She said processes to apply for bail would be done at the Mzuzu Court.

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Tadikira and the four others will remain in custody waiting for the bail application processes to commence at the Mzuzu High Court.

Police arrested the five in connection to the 30 bodies of suspected victims of human trafficking which were found in a mass grave in Mtangatanga Forest in Mzimba District

Speaking to journalists, one of the lawyers representing Mafubza, Ibrahim Awali, said they would be waiting for the state to transfer the case to Mzuzu.

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“The case has been transferred to Mzuzu High Court, so we will be waiting for the court to give us the dates so that we can start bail application,” he said.

On Friday, another of Mafubza’s lawyers, Gilbert Khonyongwa, said the driver who had been driving Mafubza’s vehicle which is suspected to have been used to transport and dump the bodies of the foreign nationals in Mtangatanga Forest, Sam Naveya, had surrendered to the police.

Khonyongwa said during police interrogations, the driver told the police that Mafubza was not aware of the kind of business he had been doing until he was called to the police.

A preliminary report on the death of the 30 people indicates that they died of suffocation.

According to a statement released on Friday, signed by National Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya, the law enforcers are still waiting for a final report from the pathologists who conducted the autopsy.

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