Former President Rupiah Banda’s international lawyer Robert Amsterdam has welcomed the acquittal of Mr Banda on corruption charges.
Last week, the Lusaka High Court dismissed a case that was brought against Mr Banda accusing him of benefitting from an oil deal with Nigeria.
His international lawyer Robert Amsterdam said the outcome of the case is important as it will help restore judicial independence in Zambia.
“Anyone who’s followed the trial realised that it was – as we had said always – political prosecution,” Mr Amsterdam said.
“There was no substance to it. Clearly this was a vestige of a political grudge from President Sata, combined with a prosecutor who spent more time worrying about trying to slay political opponents than he did about rule of law.”
“I hope those who shout aggressively about corruption start to recognise that not every corruption prosecution is good for either democracy or the rule of law,” Mr Amsterdam said.
“We need to stop prosecutions that are done as international campaigns to make donors happy.”