Zomba Mental Hospital certifies NO evidence of any psychiatric disorder on Chisale

By Duncan Mlanjira Psychiatrist Dr. Olive Liwimbi, who is head of clinical department at Zomba Mental Hospital, has certified that murder and corruption suspect Norman Chisale has no evidence of any psychiatric disorder. The former director of security services for former State President, Peter Mutharika was referred to Zomba Mental Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation under order from the High Court of Malawi, Criminal Division, Homicide Bail Application Number 130 of 2020, in the matter of Section 42 (2)…

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Supreme Court of Appeal releases Chisale from police custody

By Duncan Mlanjira The Supreme Court of Appeal sitting has ordered the unconditional release from police custody of murder and corruption suspect Norman Chisale — former director of security services for former State President, Peter Mutharika In the judicial review cause number 37 of 2020 ruling between Chisale and Inspector General (IG), delivered by Honorable Justice Lovemore Chikopa SC on Friday, October 2, says the Court is in agreement with the ruling made on August 20 concerning the same…

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High Court sustains forfeiture of over K120m funds for Ideal Stationery

By Duncan Mlanjira The High Court in Lilongwe has ruled that K120,917,295.60 that the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) ordered National Bank of Malawi to freeze an account of Lucy Rachael Sukali (trading as Ideal Stationery) be maintained and that the forfeited funds should be put in the Confiscation Fund. Judge Charles Mkandawire ruled this forfeiture in pursuant to section 74(1) (b) of the Financial Crimes Act as the transaction of the said funds constitutes proceeds of crime. Facts of…

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Chisale’s military background and strong connections weighs against him to be denied bail

By Duncan Mlanjira Bail application filed by Norman Paulosi Chisale asking to be released from custody at Maula Prison where he is being held since investigations are still underway in his alleged involvement in the murder of Issa Njaunju, was largely denied because of Chisale’s military background and that he is a man of strong influence. Chisale, who is director of security services for the former President  Peter Mutharika, was arrested by the Police on July 28, 2020 on…

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UN applauds High Court judgement on Msundwe sexual assault

Maravi Express United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (ad interim), Benoit Thiry says the High Court’s judgement in favour of the 18 women and girls who reported incidents of rape and sexual assault by police officers in October 2019 at M’bwatalika and Mpingu in Lilongwe, is an important milestone towards the protection of survivors of sexual violence in Malawi. Thiry said this in a press statement on Monday, adding that this is a step forward to address sexual crimes in Malawi….

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Govt to introduce local courts

Government plans to introduce local courts across the country to ensure that people in far flung areas have access to justice. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Honourable Bright Msaka SC said the introduction of these courts is in line with His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s determination to increase access to justice for all. The minister announced this in Mulanje on Wednesday at the handover ceremony of newly rehabilitated magistrate courts in the district. Apart from reducing…

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