DPP president Peter Mutharika was cheered by the party cadres as he walked out of High Court in Lilongwe where he was released on bail.
Mutharika was released together with Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe and nine others charged with treason in the aftermath of a Commission of Inquiry Report into the death of former president Bingu wa Mutharika.
Thousands of DPP supporters broke into songs and cheers.
They sang: “Wakwiya ndi mfiti.”
The DPP suppporters were waving the DPP symbol.
Also attending the bail hearing was Speaker of Parliament, Henry Chimunthu Banda, who is one of the challengers of Peter Mutharika at the DPP convention.
George Chaponda, parliamentary leader of the DPP, said the charges are political.
“There are a lot of problems in the country to waste time on this,” he said. “Government is only trying to divert attention from real problems.”
Government spokesperson Moses Kunkuyu said it was wrong to suggest that President Joyce Banda was oppressive, arguing that the police were doing their duty and would only arrest people suspected of wrongdoing.