Magistrate finds June 20 suspects with case to answer

Seven people accused of vandalism and looting during June 20 demonstrations in Mzuzu have been found with a case to answer.

The accused were among eleven detained in connection with violent scenes that marred the protests against Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah.

They denied charges of malicious damage and breaking into buildings when they appeared before senior resident magistrate Godfrey Nyirenda in Mzuzu on Monday.

Happy with progress: Kalaya.

The State paraded two witnesses against the suspects who were allegedly found with shoes stolen from a Bata shop.

The magistrate threw out their bail application and discharged four of the suspects due to lack of evidence.

The case has since been adjourned to July 16 when the seven will enter defence.

Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya said the police are happy with progress of the case.

He said the police will soon take to court those who were arrested after last week’s demonstration.

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