Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday granted bail to Ntcheu third grade magistrate Stanford Majoni and other Judicial and police officers who are accused of theft by Public Servant contrary to Section 283(1) of the Penal Code and conspiracy to steal contrary to Section 404 of the Penal Code.
State Prosecutor Levison Mangani said the accused persons are employed as a magistrate, a district court administrator, a security guard, a court clerk, an accounts assistant and court marshals who by virtue of their employment had under their control and custody 84 bags of cannabis sativa (chamba) as exhibit but were unable to produce the same or to account for the illegal drug.
In her ruling, chief resident magistrate Ruth Chinangwa granted bail to the accused persons with conditions that the accused persons should report to Ntcheu Police once a week, should produce one surety of K10 000 non cash, they should pay K10 000 (about $15) cash, should surrender travel documents and they should not leave Ntcheu District without clearance from police.
The accused asked the court through their defence counsel, if proceedings could be heard in Ntcheu due to transport logistical issues but Chinangwa objected to the request.
She said; “This matter will be given priority; in four sittings we should be done. If you do not show up, you should give valid reasons otherwise you will be arrested. Even if the lawyer does not show up, you should still be here.”
The matter has been adjourned to January 18 2016.