Three Barotseland National youth league activists have charged that their continued trial and detention by the Zambian courts was crime against humanity contrary to genocide Act of 1948 as well as the UN security council number 75.
Appearing before Mongu resident magistrate Julius Malata sitting in as Kaoma magistrate were Nayoto Mwenda 32, Boris Muziba 36 and Wasilota Sikwibele 33 who are charged with the offence of publication of false news with intent to alarm and cause fear contrary to the laws of Zambia.
The trio applied that the matter be transferred to an independent and impartial court as opposed to a Zambian court because Zambia cannot be a complainant and prosecutor in the matter.
The activists suggested that the case be transferred to the Commonwealth Court based in the United Kingdom because it involves two sovereign states of Zambia and Royal Government of Barotseland.
Accused number 3 Sikwibele Wasilota reminded the court that time and again he has stated that he is not Zambian but a Barotseland national hence the Zambian government cannot subject him to its laws and court systems.
In passing ruling over the application of the three accused persons, Magistrate Malata said the three were free to pursue the matter at their own accord and not through the court they were appearing before.
Mr Malata told the trio that Zambia has its own judicial systems and it is not answerable to the common wealth court adding that Zambians and non- Zambians can appear in any court as long as the offence has been committed in Zambia.
He denied to grant the three Barotseland activists bail as the trio maintained that they cannot be tried by the Zambian courts and prayed to the court to grant them bail so that they pursue their case to the common wealth courts based in the United Kingdom.
And state witness, a police detective inspector Morrice Siyampule 37, testified in court that the trio had published flyers suggesting one Clement Wainyae Sinyinda and the Zambian government were plotting a military coup to depose the legitimate royal Barotseland government.
Meanwhile, the trio declined to ask the state witness questions after he was being cross-examined by the state prosecutors citing that it was a wrong court and platform for them.
And public prosecutor Susan Mwakalombe objected to the bail application as it will be difficult for police officers to call the trio for the continuation of the matter as they claimed not to be Zambians but appearing before a Zambian criminal court.
Mrs Mwakalombe applied to the court for the matter to be adjourned to April 8, 2014 for the continuation of trial meanwhile the trio are remanded in Kaoma state prisons.
Immediately after the court session, the Linyungandambo sympathisers clad in blue T-shirts written Barotseland ki naha ( meaning Barotseland is a nation) and red berets started singing solidarity songs and denounced the government in front of the court.