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Thom Mpinganjira’s case goes to High Court

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The Chief Resident Magistrates’ Court in Blantyre yesterday committed a judge bribery case involving business tycoon Thom Mpinganjira to the High Court.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director- General Reyneck Matemba said he asked the Magistrates’ Court to commit the case to the High Court because of its nature.

Matemba said the bureau is ready to commence trial any date as will be appointed by the High Court.

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“The ACB finished investigations and that is why we move and in and arrested Dr Mpinganjira. Since the matter has been committed to the High Court, the state is ready to commence trial,” he said.

Matemba said the bureau will be preparing a dossier of disclosures which will be shared with the defence for them to prepare for the case in the spirit of fair trial.

Chief Resident Magistrate Simeon Mdeza has since committed the case to the High Court and said he will be preparing a report to the High Court accordingly.

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Mpinganjira’s lawyer Patrice Nkhono said the defence does not have a problem with the decision of the Magistrates’ Court to commit the case to the High Court.

Nkhono expressed hope that the ACB will share disclosures of the case as soon as possible for them to have time to prepare for the defence.

“These are powers which are provided for in the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code. We don’t have any problem with the decision but we hope that the state will give us disclosures in good time so that we know what case they have against Dr Mpinganjira,” he said.

Mpinganjira, who hails from Dzungu Village, Traditional Authority Bvumbwe in Thyolo, was arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe judges who were hearing the election case so that they could rule in favour of former president Peter Mutharika.

He was later charged with three counts including that of offering an advantage to a public officer and attempting to induce a public officer to abuse his office.

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