ACTION ALERT UP-DATE - ZAMBIA
FEBRUARY 7, 1996
THE POST TRIO GRANTED BAIL
The high court in Zambia has granted bail to The Post's Managing Director
Fred M'membe and the newspaper's editors, Bright Mwape and Masautso Phiri
who were arrested on Monday February 5, Kunda Mwila, The Post's reporter
told MISA today. The three accused have, however, paid U$350 each (ZK250,
000 each) with two sureties before they were released on bail today on
February 7. They were detained on Monday February 5 and were charged the
following day with contravening the "Official Secrets Act" and of being in
possession of a banned publication, namely, February 5 edition of their own
paper which President Frederick Chiluba outlawed in terms of Section 53 of
the penal code.
M'membe, Mwape and Masautso were initially denied bail on February 6.
Earlier today, the magistrate court denied them bail again and an
application was filed through to the high where bail was granted. According
to Mwila, Judge David Lewanika is said to have told the court that the
trio were made to pay because "the Official Secrets Act" was a serious
offence in Zambia as it dealt with the state's secret documents.
Armed and plain clothed police entered and searched The Post's offices on
Monday February 5 to confiscate any document related to the banned edition.
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
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Tel. +264 61 232975, Fax. 248016
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