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Susu sent to Maula Prison

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Senior Resident Magistrate James Mankhwazi Monday refused to grant bail to China national Lu Ke popularly known as Susu who was extradited to Malawi from Zambia.

Susu has since been remanded to Maula Prison awaiting the expiry of the 15 days of investigations prayed for by the state.

Among others, Mankhwazi said the state had successfully demonstrated that Susu is a flight risk, has no definitive place of stay and could interfere with witnesses.

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Yesterday the state, through Regional Prosecutions Officer, Prescott Mwaiulipo, brought to the court five charges of child trafficking against Susu.

Susu 26, who came to the court without a lawyer, then applied for bail.

He said since the time of his arrest he had only had one meal and that he had no relatives to bring him food in police custody.

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But Mwaiulipo cited several reasons why the state felt Susu should not be granted bail, including that he was a flight risk and had no definite place of residence.

Mwaiulipo further argued that the suspect may interfere with victims in the case, who are children.

According to Mwaiulipo, remanding Susu further would help to protect him from angry Malawians who were irritated by the revelations that he was abusing local children.

Mankhwazi has since adjourned the case to August 4 when Susu will take plea.

The Chinese, who fled to Zambia late last month, was handed back to Malawi by Zambian authorities on Saturday.

Lu Ke fled Malawi after it was discovered that he had filed children chanting racist slogans in Chinese at Lilongwe’s Njewa area.

He was arrested in Chipata, Zambia, before he was released on bail by a magistrate’s court.

In one video, a child says: “I am a monster with a low IQ”. Lu Ke then allegedly sold the videos to Chinese social networks, according to a documentary released by the BBC.

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