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Three policemen convicted of corruption, await sentencing

 

 

By Jarson Malowa, Correspondent

 

A court in Malawi’s old capital city of Zomba on Thursday convicted three police officers of official corruption and abuse of office contrary and abuse of office for soliciting R360,000 (nearly K20 million) in bribes.

According to court records, the three on 30th October, 2016 at Chingale in Zomba corruptly solicited R360,000 for the benefit of themselves on account that they should not effect an arrest of the suspect — Mercy Kambalame.

The three officers; Beston Mbalame, Ashan Khudze and Raphael Mankhwala, were however, acquitted on one count of using property derived from the proceeds of crime contrary to section 35(1(a) of Money laundering, Proceeds of serious crimes and Terrorist Financing Act.

Eastern region Public relations officer, Joseph Sauka confirmed the conviction but could not give more details on the.

“You better wait for the judgement which is on Friday because as of now am not ready to release the details pertaining to the case,” said Sauka.

The three however pleaded not guilty, to all the three counts.

Meanwhile, Registrar for High Court and Supreme court of appeal, Agness Patemba, who presided over the case as Chief Resident Magistrate is expected to deliver the sentence on Friday

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