A member of the Police Service Commission, Leslie Chikuse, has joined the bandwagon of litigants seeking compensation from the State for alleged false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
Prior to his appointment to the Commission in December, 2021, Chikuse was the Republican Progressive Party president and a member of the UPND alliance.
According to a lawsuit filed in the Lusaka High Court, Chikuse is seeking damages for false imprisonmemt and malicious prosecution against the State.
This is in relation to a matter where he was arrested and charged with the offence of obtaining money by false pretences in violation of section 309 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Chikuse said he was detained at Chilanga Police Station for a total of 17 days without being taken to court.
He stated that the failure to take him to court prompted him to institute an application in the High Court on habeaus corpus under cause no 2021/hp/0287.
He was granted bail by Judge Muma, but he continued to appear before the Lusaka Magistrate Court on the same charge.
“Because there was no justification for the charges the complainant Thomas Sinkala eventually withdrew the charges against him. The charge was brought and prosecuted by the State maliciously and without reasonable and probable cause,” he said.
He said at the time of his arrest, he was a part time student of law at NIPA and was supposed to be attending classes but he ended up missing, therefore spent K42,000 for private lessons.
He claimed to have suffered a severe psychiatric reaction as a result of his arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution which ended in post traumatic stress disorder.
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