High Court set to rule on judges bribery case

The High Court in Blantyre on Thursday finalised hearing of judges bribery case involving business mogul Thomson Mpinganjira with both the state and defence lawyers making their final oral submissions.
Lead lawyer for the defence, Patrice Nkhono, asked the court to acquit Mpinganjira in all the six charges arguing “their elements are incompetent and do not exist in the republican constitution.”
But state lead lawyer, Reyneck Matemba, said the state has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused attempted to bribe a panel of five judges presiding over the presidential election case in order to influence results.
Judge Dorothy DeGabrielle said she will communicate the date for judgement on July 21.
In the case, the state has paraded six witnesses while the defence has paraded three.

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