Black Moses case: Court gives State ultimatum to bring evidence

Blantyre Magistrates Court has given the State up to next month to provide evidence in a court case against Black Moses or will dismiss the charge.

Black Moses is answering charges of cultivation of Indian Hemp contrary to Section 6 as read with Regulation 19 of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

He was arrested last year during a Police hunt for his long-time friend late Robert Chasowa who was found murdered on Polytechnic campus in September, 2011. Chasowa was an engineering student at the college.

Following the arrest, Black Moses was charged with two counts of sedition-currently not prosecuted-and cultivation of Chamba (Indian Hemp).

Moses: Facing trial

However, since the commencement of court trial on the second count, the State prosecutors have failed to conclude the case as their principal witness, Police officer Sub-Inspector, a Mr. Masula has been giving inconceivable excuses prompting defense lawyer, Lusungu Gondwe of Ralph and Arnolds to seek court direction.

Senior Residence Magistrate, Diana Mangwana on Thursday gave the State one last chance to come up with evidence when court resumes on January 25, 2013 or will dismiss the case.

Gondwe in an interview with Nyasa Times described the State excuses on the case as funny; saying the delays to conclude the case has affected his client.

“The State is not coming up with evidence. I understand they were expected to parade one of their investigators as a witness but, for months now, he has been giving funny excuses. If the court closes the case, we will immediately file for damages,” said Gondwe.

Gondwe said is ready to file for damages on false imprisonment and malicious prosecution once the court discharges the case.

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