Magistrate warns State Prosecutors against delaying Maxwell Mwale’s bicycles case
Lusaka chief resident magistrate Joshua Banda has warned state prosecutors against applying for unnecessary adjournments in former Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale’s case.
Magistrate Banda told prosecutors when they applied for an adjournment claiming that the Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) was in custody of the case file.
Police senior legal officer, Simon Tembo made the application saying the DPP was studying the matter and that the state was waiting to be given direction on how to proceed.
In granting bail, Magistrate Banda warned the State prosecutors that he was granting them an adjournment for the last time.
Magistrate Banda described the continued adjournment of the matter as unfair.
This is in a matter in which Mr. Mwale is facing one count of failing to account for possession of properties involving over two hundred bicycles believed to have been stolen.
Mr Mwale has allegedly failed to account for 261 bicycles deemed to have been unlawfully obtained. It is alleged that on October, 18, 2011, Mr Mwale jointly with others had in their possession 261 bicycles which were reasonably suspected to have been acquired unlawfully