Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Freelance journalist, Wilson Pondamali, who is suspected of having links to popular news website Zambian Watchdog, appeared in the Kabwe Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 21 August 2013, but the case failed to take off because no instructions were received from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for the matter to proceed.
The journalist is facing charges of theft of a library book and being in possession of military stores. This is the second time the case has failed to take off.
Communicating via Facebook, Pondamali said his case had now been adjourned to Monday, 30 September 2013.
“We are still awaiting instructions from DPP and matter has been adjourned to 30th September, 2013 for another mention and possible trial,” he wrote.
The journalist is facing two other charges of malicious damage to government property and attempting to flee from lawful custody. For these, he will be appearing in court on Friday, 30 August 2013. Pondamali also said his bail had been extended.
MISA continues to track developments in Zambia.
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Jane Chirwa, MISA-Zambia Information & Research Officer
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