The case in which UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others are accused of treason will be committed to the Lusaka High Court on Thursday this week.
This follows Lusaka Magistrate David Simusamba’s decision to grant an application by the accused for the case to come up this week and not Monday next week as earlier scheduled.
Magistrate Simusamba had adjourned the matter to Monday next week to allow the suspects to challenge the validity of the committal certificate in the High court.
The Defence had argued that the committal certificate is not valid because the Director of Public Prosecutions -DPP- did not personally sign it.
But, Magistrate Simusamba said he has no powers to comment on the validity of the certificate hence his advice for the defence to seek judicial review in the High court.
However, the defence lawyer later dropped their challenge of the committal certificate and asked the court to refer the case to the High Court for trial.
Speaking after a meeting which was held in the chambers, State Prosecutor Chimbeka Sakala said the state did not object to the defence application for the matter to come up this week and not next week.
Mr. Sakala said the state has always wanted trial to start in the matter.