Power and Politics

M’membe laments police delay of his prosecution, alleges plot by govt to cripple opposition


Lawyers representing Socialist Party (SP) leader, Fred M’membe, have complained over delays by the Police to proceed with any case they have arrested their client for.

Police on Friday were supposed to proceed with the espionage case that the opposition leader stands charged with.

M’membe’s lawyer, Simon Mwila, said he received a call from senior police officers alerting him that they were not ready to proceed.

“We were called early in the morning as a legal team by senior police officers from Force Headquarters who indicated to us that they are not ready for us,” he stated.

Mwila lamented that this was despite them having signed on the police bond for his client saying he should appear on December, 1, 2023, before the Chief Resident Magistrate in court 3 at subordinate Court in Lusaka.

“So we wait to hear for any information that is going to come and we will be going to the police Headquarters to extend the bond that was granted to our client.” he said.

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Meanwhile, M’membe, stated that Police arrested him in a hurry and wondered how much time they need to proceed with the matter.

“The police are not ready to proceed with the so called espionage case. I don’t know how much time they need to be ready because this issue has been on for a long time. They arrested me in a hurry, they could not even give me bond, they had to lock me up,” he said.

M’membe questioned the reasons behind his arrest in the case that the Police had not concluded their investigations.

He claimed the cases he stands charged with were political cases meant to cripple opposition.

“Again, it shows abuses on the criminal justice system, to fix political opponents. These are not legitimate criminal cases,” M’membe stated.

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