A Zambian national suspected to have defiled a Malawian girl has been thrown into jail to serve for 18 years with hard labour.
But the Zambian High Commission in the country wants the Malawi Government to release the convict as he is believed to be mentally retarded.
The Commission has since written its government through the Ministries of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs to intervene in the case.
Zambian High Commissioner to Malawi, Charles Banda, said the mission was saddened with the imprisonment of their citizen hence its move to engage its government in the matter to assist the convict.
“I can confirm that our Zambian national is currently serving a jail term in Malawi but we have decided to engage our two ministries in Zambia because the now convict is believed to be mentally retarded and requires medical help,” Banda told Times of Zambia.
He, however, emphasised that by wanting the convict to be released his office was not in support of people who broke the law intentionally.
The High Commissioner said he only wanted his government to intervene in the matter because of the condition in which the convict was in.
The 35-year-old Zambian, however, claims the matter was framed by his employers at a farm he was working in the boarder district of Mchinji to avoid paying him the money he had already worked for.
The incident comes a few weeks after another Zambian citizen was given an 18-month jail sentence for stealing a bicycle.
On this note the commission, expressed concern with the increased cases of Zambians engaged in illegal cross-border activities.
He warned his citizens against engaging in such activities advising them to ensure that they use proper channels to avoid being caught up by the law.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :