Chisale out on bail: Malawi Supreme Court orders unconditional release from ‘illegal detention’

Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal (MSCA) has ordered the unconditional release of former president Peter Mutharika’s bodyguard, Norman Chisale, after his lawyer Chancy Gondwe applied to court to release Chisale from what he argued was unlawful custody.

Chisale: Walks to freedom

Gondwe confirmed that Justice Lovemore Chikopa on Friday ruled that Chisale be released and that from custody.

“Having been released from illegal detention/ custody, we see no reason to attach any special conditions to such release. They would be superfluous anyway,” reads an order made by Justice Chikopa on Friday, October 2.

Justice Chikopa pointed out that Chisale is already on bail granted to him by the High Court in Blantyre on July 27 2020 and the Magistrate Court in Lilongwe.

“If there is any need for conditions we feel the ones imposed in those matters are sufficient,” ruled the court.

The former president’s security chief is facing attempted murder charges, among many cases he will answer in court.

But Justice Chikopa pointed out that since his arrest on July 28 2020, Chisale has not been charged with any offence before any court.

“Neither has he been committed for trial before the High Court in view of the fact that he was arrested on allegations of homicide,” he said.

Chisale is also suspected of playing a role in the importation of K5 billion worth of tax duty-free allegedly using the former president’s privileges.

He has been in custody since mid July.

Earlier this month, Chisale, who served as State House head of security during Mutharika’s administration, was admitted to a private clinic in Lilongwe for over two weeks.

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

basi kungozivera mu wanthu kuti anatulutsidwa pa bail..koma padzana munkalemba uje wagwidwa tikumusunga pa zifukwa 1.2 3.4 then dzodzidzi muli ali pa bail.
timasuleni cikucitika nciani kodi

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
8 months ago

Ndimangomva kuti Makaladi ndioipa,Koma ndaonera pa Saulosi Chilima,munthu opanda umunthu.mpaka kufunisitsa azibale ake aku Ntcheu a Chisale,Chimuonenji amve kuwawa kuiwala kuti ndiabale ake ndithu komahiyaa.Kumateteza achina Masangwi ,Louis Ngalande omwe anapha Robert Chasowa.Kasampba ra yemwe anafuna kupha Paul Mphwiyo kumamuteteza kkk,zoopysa kobasi kkk

Moya
Moya
8 months ago

That’s the problem of taking long to prosecute. We don’t know if Chikopa was cleared from the alleged Thom Mpinganjira corruption scandal. If he was indeed involved why should he sit in supreme court and making judgments that knowingly he is compromised? Going ahead any judge that is mentioned in any serious corruption scandal needs to be off the courts bench until the case is cleared.

Jah
Jah
8 months ago
Reply to  Moya

Are you the court registar???? You know nothing about these things. Why should he remain in custody yet he is not charged??? That’s why akuti unlawful detention

Anaphi
Anaphi
8 months ago

Chifukwa amati school simatha ppo just comment for the sake of commenting .zoti chathunya been on bail ya murder aiwala kale umbuli kodi🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
8 months ago

Tonse alliance phuma. They will lose most of these cases

Elube
Elube
8 months ago
Reply to  Bauleni12

Bail does not mean he is innocent, OK?

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
8 months ago
Reply to  Elube

They are failing to press charges against him, just as they failed againt Fredokiss, Mukhitho, Rosa Mbilizi etc

Malawian
Malawian
8 months ago
Reply to  Bauleni12

He is yet to be charged on Ngauju murder but assuming he gets charged next week, he will get locked again.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
8 months ago

The onus now rests in the hands of the state. Take the guy to court so that we can see if indeed those crimes that he is presumed to have committed can be proved in a competent court of law. Because the problem is that indeed one can commit a crime & cleverly cover his/her tracks then it becomes impossible to prove his wrong doing in a court of law that only looks on facts & evidence. That’s why investigations are key to any successful conviction. So let the State prove that indeed he had a hand on the gruesome… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Keen Observer
JACK OBAMA
JACK OBAMA
8 months ago

Akulu akulu zomwe khothi ndi boma akuchita apa ndikuputsitsa a Malawi. A clear case of cement importation and the owner Duty free code denied buying cement anywhere then what else do they want than prosecute. This lawyer is corrupt used his fellow corrupt judge but justice will always prevail. AMalawi tinalozedwa sure kaya is it trough water we drink or eletricity of nthaka timapondapo mwina eeeeiisshhhh!!

Mwini muzi
8 months ago

I thought he could have been charged by now already in all the cases that he had been remanded for. Remanding people for extended legal period of time without charging them usually happens when persecution drives the arrest. This is one of the issues that we faught against autocratic rule of Kamuzu which saw opponents getting detained for long periods without trial. Arrest a person and charge him within 48 hours is what we opted for but still there is abuse of plhuman rights in Malawi.

Last edited 8 months ago by Mwini muzi
Jahmes Ngozi
8 months ago

Corruption is evil,let justice prevail

Leader of opposition
Leader of opposition
8 months ago

Justice Lovemore Chikopa paja ndi cadet ndi zosadabwitsa. Mulandu wa murder umakhala ndi bail?

monosile
monosile
8 months ago

Eti,eti Chikopa ,chikopa, chikopa ohooooo!!!!!!!!

Jah
Jah
8 months ago

Sometimes if you are not sure it’s better ask rather than kuonetsa kusadziwa kugulu

Che Bauleni
Che Bauleni
8 months ago

Olo malemu mbwiyanu kamudzu ndi otata JZU atamanga chifukwa chopha nduna 4 anapasidwa bello ndiye inu mwatani kodi .Chikopa has done nothing wrong he is following the rules of the court .Kungoti inu a Mcp you think kuti kumanga anthu is the only best weapon to defeat your enemies …this is a democratic state embrace the rules of democracy not one party system

Alfred Minjo
Alfred Minjo
8 months ago

Mukudabwa chani? Uja anapha Linda Gasa sanapatsidwe bail? Tadzichangamukaniko anthu osadziwa malamulo inu…..za nkutu!!

Nad
Nad
8 months ago

Mlandu palibe opanda bail inu mwasonyeza umbuli kwablil

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