Suspected Muslim students’ trafficker fails to bring witnesses: Judgment June 18

First Grade Magistrate Court in Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga has adjourned a case of suspected child trafficker Abdul Malick Audrey to 18 June for judgment after the suspect failed to produce three witnesses he promised to bring to court for defense.

Lawyer for the suspect George Kadzipatike told the court that three witnesses which are from the southern part of the country failed to appear before court due to transportation problem.

“For this reason I have decided just to close the case to avoid wasting court’s time and give my defense on how I see the case,” said Kadzipatike while giving the court the written document.

He added that his client will still remain silent till the judgment day because he has the right for that.

Audrey Malick Audrey:
Audrey Malick Audrey: No defence witnesses

Abdul Malick Audrey of Senior Traditional Authority Nkaya in Balaka was arrested on May 4 2013 alongside Mustafa Ndelemani of Misikatema Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi for allegedly trafficking 26 Muslim students under the pretext of taking them for training to Zanzibar.

However, the court on 10 May released Mustafa Ndelemani the owner of Estcourse Islamic Primary School on the allegation that he is innocent on the case and ordered him to take the children to school to prepare for their examinations which are about to start.

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