Black Moses released from jail

The High Court in Blantyre has granted anti-government activist Black Moses, 27 bail and he walked out of jail a free man.  For now

Moses, a trader, who is facing sedition charges, was granted bail by Blantyre Magistrate Court last Friday but police rearrested him on courtroom doorsteps immediately after the court granted bail.

He was rearrested for allegedly keeping an Indian hemp at the time of his first arrest.

Moses: Free for now

Justice Anacklet Chipeta ordered police to release Moses from the prison where he has been reminded close to a month.

This order was made after Moses obtained an injunction restraining the police from keeping him in custody further, through his lawyer Lusungu Gondwe who argued that the police decision to re-arrest Mr. Moses was more based on persecution than prosecution.

Moses 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.

Moses is expected to appear before Blantyre Magistrate Court on 2nd November this year to answer charges pertaining to claims he possessed Indian hemp.

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