Post Newspaper losses bid to cross examine RB
The Post Newspaper has again lost its bid to stay contempt proceedings, instituted when the paper defied a court order not to publish libelous articles on President Rupiah Banda during the 2008 Presidential by-elections.
Supreme Court Judge Gregory Phiri has ruled that the application to stay proceedings filed by the Post Newspaper lacks merit.
Judge Phiri has dismissed with costs the application by the Post Newspaper to stay the proceedings, pending the out-come of the appeal to compel President Banda to personally appear in court for cross-examination.
He stated that the contempt matter can only be halted if the High Court rescinds its leave issued to effect the proceedings.
The Post Newspapers applied to stay the contempt proceedings after the High Court turned down its demands to cross-examine President Rupiah Banda.
The court ruled that it is disrespectful to parade the incumbent Republican President in court for cross-examination.