Chawatama throws out UPND’s Habeas Corpus application

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema at Lusaka's Magistrates Court as he was being taken to Lusaka Central Prisons-pictures by Tenson Mkhala
Lusaka High Court judge in charge Gertrude Chawatama has dismissed Hakainde  Hichilema’s
application for habeas corpus saying it is the role of the trial court to establish the validity of the charges.
“At this stage this court cannot pronounce itself on the validity of the charges,” she ruled.
 Habeas Corpus proceedings according to judge Chawatama are not designed to forestall criminal proceedings.
The UPND had applied that the High Court orders the commanding officer at Lilayi Police Training College to release Hichilema so that the opposition leader could appear before the court on grounds that he had not been charged.
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