Lawyer Shepherd Mumba has been acquitted in a case he was arrested in connection with the signing of bail papers for Ralph Kasambara from Chichiri Prison in February during the reign of late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
Kasambara is now Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
Police had claimed Kasambara’s first release from Chichiri Maximum Security Prison had procedural infringement after his arrest on accusation of occasioning bodily harm on a trio who reportedly attempted to assassinate him and petrol-bomb his offices and residence in Blantyre.
Second grade magistrate Euphrasia Moyo said he had to acquit Mumba after state lawyers and the police failed to prosecute the lawyer.
Police accused Mumba of obtaining the release of Kasambara “illegally”.
Other lawyer s Wapona Kita and Lusungu Gondwe – from Kasambara’s law firm- were questioned by Anti Corruption Bureau on how they obtained bail for Kasambara.
Kasambara argued his case was politically motivated because he was outspoken in his criticism of late Mutharika.
He also defended his release from prison, saying his legal team did not bulldoze its way through the court process, but simply followed the procedures like the police, who obtained a search warrant for his house and office, through the same courts.