Lule was subjected to torture – witnesses

Two expert witnesses in a case involving 13 police officers accused of murdering Buleya Lule, a prime suspect in the abduction and murder of a 14-year-old boy with albinism from Dedza District, have told the Court that the deceased died due to traumatic injuries.

Whilst giving conflicting evidence on causes of Lule’s death, the expert witnesses a pathologist Dr Maurice Mulenga and Forensic Pathologist Dr Charles Dzamalala told High Court Judge Chifundo Kachale that autopsy conducted on the deceased revealed that he was subjected to torture.

Dr Mulenga told the Court that Lule’s death was due to subdural hemorrhage whilst Dr Dzamalala said the deceased died of electrocution as a primary cause.

Dr Mulenga, who was first pathologist to conduct the autopsy told the Court that Lule’s body had no features of decomposition.

Both witnesses said they believe Lule was tortured as a way of trying to extract information from him.

“They have testified and we have heard expert evidence and it’s very difficult to tell as what will be the outcome, it’s very difficult.

“Unless the court decides and that’s at the end of hearing both prosecution case and the defense case,” said Lugano Mwabutwa, one of the defense lawyers.

Before the two expert witnesses,  another medical doctor Dr Charles Munthali also testified as his evidence centered on interpreting Lule’s medical report.

Meanwhile, the State is expected to close its prosecution case on Monday, 25th January 2022, a day which the case has been adjourned to.

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