Recess Granted In UTM Office Arson Case

The High Court has granted the state a month-long recess in the United Transformation Movement (UTM) office arson case to submit additional disclosures.

In the case, nine people are suspected to have had a hand in the torching of a UTM office at Area 24 in Lilongwe that led to the death of three members of the same family, the Tambalas.

On Tuesday, 21st June parading of witnesses failed to continue after the state asked the court for more time to file additional disclosures to the court that were not included in the previous sitting.

“The state would like to file some additional documents which are necessary, those documents are going to be filed by then,” Blessings Kumwenda, one of the state lawyers said.

After adjourning hearing of the case, one of the defense lawyers, Oscar Taulo asked the state to prepare all necessary documents that are to be presented in court.

“Now that they have just informed us, it’s an inconvenience not only to us but also to the clients, had they informed us earlier we would have obtained a new date in chamber without attending the open court,” said Taulo.

Two more witnesses are to be paraded in the case from 31st August and the state has been asked to file final disclosure by 29th July 2022.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 22/06/2022

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