Court grants Chisale bail ‘in the interest of justice’: Innocence is presumed

Former president Peter Mutharika’s personal bodyguard Norman Chisale charged with attempted murder is out on bail after High Court Judge, Silvester Kalembera, released him Monday after paying another K1 million bail bond.

Chisale: Presumed innocent until proved otherwise by the court

Chisale was arrested on the attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting a woman in the knee in Blantyre in May.

Judge Kalembera has granted Chisale bail, saying there has not been any evidence adduced, even from possible witnesses that Chisale would influence or interfere with evidence.

“I am at pains to conclude based on what is before me that the applicant has interfered with the victim or will interfere with the victim or evidence,” said Kalembera.

He said although the charge of attempted murder is serious which attracts a life sentence but it is bailable.

Kalembera noted that Chisale conceded that from the time the shooting occurred he has been assisting the victim even footing her medical bills.

“And that this was done well before the charge of attempted murder had been brought against him. He claims it was his moral obligation to assist the victim,” said Justice Kalembera.

However, he pointed out that the State believes that such assistance is actually Chisale interfering with their witness – the victim –­ which the court did not attach weight to that.

“The State ought to have done more to support their assertion. Just alleging is not enough,” said the judge.

Justice Kalembera said the State has failed  to demonstrate that it would be detrimental to the interest of  justice to  have  Chisale released on bail.

“It is therefore in the interest of justice that [Chisale] be released on bail. After all all he is presumed innocent  until the contrary is prove,” said the judges.

But the court ordered that Chisale should pay K1 million cash bail bond and K500 000  non-cash bond   for two of his sureties – blood relations.

Other bail conditions included  that Chisale  surrender travel document, report to Soche police in Blantyre every two weeks, must not leave Blantyre without notifying officer-in-charge for Soche police and must not be in contact with the victim directly or indirectly.

The court has also set September 4 when Chisale will take plea and directions of the case.

Chisale was re-arrested last Friday immediately after the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court granted him bail in a separate case of fraud and money laundering in relation to the controversial importation of K5 billion worth of cement allegedly using Mutharika’s duty-free status for sitting presidents. He is alleged to have used his boss’ taxpayer identification number to facilitate the transactions.

Now Chisale  faces an embarrassing situation as Mutharika has flatly disowned him in cementgate.

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H E Nyaphapi One
H E Nyaphapi One
1 month ago

Komabe iwe Chakwera samala machitidwe ako azinthu. Udzazunzitsa ana ako ndi ana awo omwe. Don’t be overexcited!!!! Wakutsina khutu ndimnasi. Ifetu tikudikira 1 million jobs, universal cheap fertilizer @k4950, passport @ k14,000, no renewal of driving license, azigogo k15,000 per month, free electricity and water connections, loans to women and the youth, tax free month on imports, the bullet trains, kudya katatu, soft loans to civil servants, well paid and motivated Civil Service, medical scheme for civil servants, medicine in hospitals, decent school blocks and hospitals, reduction of presidential powers, new houses for police/ army/prison/immigration, the Balaka-Chilipa-Mangochi road, the K100,000… Read more »

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
1 month ago

Koma wandimaliza bwanjiiii kkkk

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
1 month ago

He was busy praying to the gods of highway robbery while enjoying the state lodge accommodation here he is he is now a bailable material

Opportunist
Opportunist
1 month ago

Just brief break but you will be in Police for other charges areon your way

Livulezi river
Livulezi river
1 month ago

I thot Norman Chisale has already surrendered his passport to Lilongwe court?
Now Blantyre court ordered him to surrender the same 2dy.
How many passports does this Chisale posses?

The Knight Templar
The Knight Templar
1 month ago

Honestly speaking this case is just a political move to get rid of Chisale. Why would Chisale attempt to kill an innocent woman. We all know he was chasing thieves and that is well documented and inadvertently shot the woman. How will the state establish intent to kill in the shooting of the woman.

Let’s focus on corruption and these other cases let them pass.

Mjomba che binya
Mjomba che binya
1 month ago

Chisale is not a Policeman. Why was he chasing the robbers and discharging the firearm in public? He has a case to answer.

Mwini muzi
1 month ago

Everyone with a licensed firearm can use it if their life is threatened.

Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
1 month ago

Truly the rule of law. We are setting a good example on how things ought to be done

Chinamwali Boy
Chinamwali Boy
1 month ago

Chisale and Mukhitho are a danger to Mutharika. Please do not let them come any close to Mutharika. These guys are evil and can eliminate him without mercy.

myfriend
myfriend
1 month ago

i am told another case is ready and he will be rearested

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 month ago

Justice ibdeed has to be granted fairly. So nothing wrong with that. It’s up to the state now to bring to court strong evidence that will pin down Chisale otherwise the courts will let him wall free.

tyson
tyson
1 month ago

chisale ndiwopusa sangaombele muntu nde lero azizanena kuti zinachitika mwangozi ndiboza limenelo akuopa kumangidwa chabe koma ndiwolakwa ameneuja asamusiye galu ameneyi

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