Lusaka principal resident magistrate David Simusamba has set June 8 for hearing on whether or not to commit treason accused Hakainde Hichilema to the High Court for trial.

The decision was arrived at after Hichilema’s lawyers and the state advocates met in the magistrate’s chambers to hear an application to abridge time.

Hichilema’s lawyer Mulambo Haimbe had asked the court to bring his clients earlier than the scheduled date.

When the matter came up state advocate Chimbeka Sakala did not object to the application to bring Hichilema earlier than the stated date of June 12.

“In fact, we are more than happy. It has always been our intention that the matter is committed,” said Sakala.

On May 19, Haimbe filed a notice to abridge time in which he asked the court to bring the accused to court on May 30 but the magistrate was not available and only returned from Ndola on Monday.

Hichilema and five others are accused of usurping the executive powers of the state.