Treason charged Zambia’s leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema of UPND will remain in prison as court has adjourned his matter to April 26, 2017.
Hichilema or HH as he is commonly called is facing a treason charge which carries a death sentence in Zambia if convicted.
When the case came up Thursday, Magistrate Greenwell Malumani adjourned it to next week saying he needed to study preliminary issues raised by the defence.
Magistrate Malumani said some of the issues raised were a bit complex and need time to be studied.
Defence lawyer Vincent Magistrate Malambo admitted that his court has jurisdiction to have an inquest into a stranger who visited Hichilema around midnight.
Malamba is also demanding that the alleged torturing of co-accused that included spraying of HH and colleagues private parts.
Malambo says the magistrate court has jurisdiction to open an inquury into a stranger who visited Hichilema at midnight and also into the torturing of the co-accused.
In response, Magistrate Mulumani said that the matter was too complex and that he needed time to look into the matter so a ruling can be made.
Magistrate Mulumani then adjourned the case on preliminary issues to 9:00hrs on Wednesday 26th April, 2017.
The matter is yet to go to the High Court as it cannot be tried in the Magistrate court.
On the photo, HH consoles his wife in court today.