Four UPND cadres, who were arrested and prosecuted for riotous behaviour in 2016, have filed a lawsuit against the State, claiming K3 million compensation for alleged wrongful imprisonment.
Saviour Shikabanga and three others are demanding K4,746 compensation for loss of business and another K300,000 for legal costs.
This is according to a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court against the Attorney-General.
Shikabanga and others stated that they were arrested on December 15, 2016, at the hearing of a Presidential election petition by then opposition party president Hakainde Hichilema at Lusaka High Court.
The litigants alleged the police officers not only fired tear gas but also were tortured.
“The fourth plaintiff, who at the time was a minor of 15 years old was subjected to irreparable mental and physical damage,” they claimed.
Shikabanga said after a lengthy trial at the Lusaka Magistrate Court, on April 27, 2016, they were discharged of the charge of riotous behaviour.
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