UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has asked the Lusaka Magistrate Court to bring his treason case to tomorrow as he has decided not to go for judicial review.
On Friday last week, Mr. Hichilema’s treason case was adjourned to June 12 for him and his co-accused to seek judicial review in the High Court over the certificate of committal signed by deputy chief state advocate.
But Mr. Hichilema’s lawyer Mulambo Haimbe has filed a notice to abridge time by bringing the case to May 30 or any suitable date.
Mr. Hichilema has asked the Lusaka Magistrate court to hear his case on Tuesday, May 30th 2017.
This is because he has opted not to seek judicial review as advised by the court to challenge the validity of the committal certificate signed by deputy chief state advocate Marriam bah Matandala.
Mr. Hichilema through his lawyer Mulambo Haimbe has filed a notice for principal resident magistrate David Simusamba to abridge time thereby hearing his case on Tuesday or any nearest date suitable for the court as opposed to June 12th where it was adjourned too.
The legal counsel says the defense team has been instructed by the accused not to exercise that option of challenging the certificate of committal.
He says if the court brings the case forward the state will not be prejudiced in anyway.
The UPND president was granted judicial review as accused persons have been committed to the high court for trial on instructions signed by the state advocates and not the director of public prosecutions.
It was the contention of the defense that he certificate was defective as Matandala who signed it had not submitted a letter in court to show that she was authorised by the DDP to issue instructions.