Blantyre Magistrate Court on Friday granted bail to anti-government activist Black Moses who is facing sedition charges but police rearrested him on courtroom doorsteps immediately after the court granted bail.
His lawyer Lusungu Gondwe of Ralph and Arnold, successfully applied bail after he has spendweeks in prison on remand.
Presiding magistrate, Principal Magistrate Innocent Nebi said it was appropriate to free Moses on bail after he paid K15 000 cash and produced two traceable sureties bonded at K100 000 each, not cash.
He ordered Moses to report to Southern Region Police every Friday and not to interfere with State witnesses in the case and that “should stop printing and distributing the weekly seditious material.”
His lawyer said police did not press any fresh charges to Moses when they were re-arresting him.
But according to a source, Moses, 27 was rearrested for allegedly keeping an Indian hemp.
Moses, a trader, is president of Youth for Freedom and Democracy (YFD). He was detained following a police man-hunt.
He was being hunted, alongside University student late Robert Chasowa, vice president for YFD, who was later found dead at the Malawi Polytechnic campus in Blantyre on Saturday morning.
Police said he was arrested because of his group’s scathing publication The Weekly Political Update. Police spokesman Willie Mwaluka said the leaflets insult President Bingu wa Mutharika.