Malawi body parts removers have case to answer, court rules

The Lilongwe Magistrate court Monday adjourned a case in which four people are answering charges of  removing and vending private body parts after ruling that the suspects have a case to answer.

Two of the accused Samalani Jabu and Lufeyo Mphimbi are being accused of removing human body tissues which is contrary to section 18(a) of the anatomy Act.

While the other two accused Eric Mwandira and Sabita Mwale are being accused of supplying human body tissues for gain profit which is contrary to section 16(b) of the anatomy act and selling of human body tissues.

Senior Magistrate Patrick Chirwa said after thorough examination of the evidence provided to the court by the State Prosecutor, the court found that the four accused persons have cases to answer before the court.

Suspects of body parts traders
Suspects of body parts traders

“With the submissions that were made available to the court by the state counsel, the court found out that there is enough evidence made by the state and therefore the four accused have cases to answer before this court,” Chirwa explained.

However, lawyer for the accused Alemekezeke Mando, asked the court to give the accused time for them to give their side of the story in court.

“Your Worship, the clients will need some time, maybe some three days to gather facts which they will use in testifying to give their side of the story in this court, we therefore ask for an adjournment to allow this to happen,” said Mando.

In response, Senior Magistrate Chirwa adjourned the case to Friday, June 21, 2013 but asked the defence not to give the court excuses on the scheduled day, saying excuses are delaying continuation of the case.

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