High Court Chides Malawi Police Over John Kapito’s Arrest

The High Court in Lilongwe has lambasted the Malawi Police Service for the 2012 arrest of consumer and human rights activist John Kapito.

Kapito, executive director for Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA), was arrested by late Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration in 2012 at Crossroads Complex in Lilongwe for an alleged illegal possession of foreign currency.

Kapito was then Chairperson of the state-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC).

The then Malawi police spokesman Davie Chingwalu claimed that Kapito was found holding US dollars and euros without “valid bank documents” as he to leave for Switzerland to present a paper on the human rights situation in Malawi.

Kapito has dragged government to court, demanding damages for the unlawful arrest. And on Thursday the High Court lambasted the police for orchestrating what it described as trumped up charges.

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