The High Court in Blantyre has adjourned the K1.7 billion corruption case involving former president Bakili Muluzi to 3rd May, 2016, following an application by the State that it wants a split trial.
The State has applied that the two accused persons, Muluzi and Violet Whiskey, be prosecuted separately.
However, the defence said it was taken unawares by application. The two sides will thus meet in the Chambers on 29th April, 2016 where formal application will be made and the defence council will respond.
Out of the 15 counts, only 13 to 15 are relating to the second accused, Whiskey. Whiskey is answering three counts, including two pertaining to theft by a person employed in the public service.
The third charge is giving a false report or information to the ACB.
Meanwhile, Muluzi’s lead counsel Tamando Chokotho presented a medical report for Whiskey who was taken ill while in court yesterday.
The medical report shows a diagnosis and recommends a three-day bed rest and an appointment for review on April 22 2016.
The court on Monday was forced to adjourn the case after Whiskey fell ill and collapsed while in court.
She was taken ill while in court and was rushed to Blantyre Adventist Hospital using Muluzi’s car, BM 9701. She started groaning while in court and was helped out by Muluzi’s security officers. She was been discharged on same day.
Since trial began last week Thursday, over K100 million (about $145 483) has been deducted from the K1.7 billion.
This happened after first prosecution witness Victor Banda agreed that the money should not be part of the said cumulative figure as there was no indication it was acquired corruptly.
The K100 million deductions, among others, include money from Muluzi’s Ntaja Trading and Distributors and loans from Loita Investment Bank as well as Stanbic Bank (now Standard Bank) which he got for the construction of Keza Office Park.
The case dates back to 2006 and has now taken about 10 years due to numerous adjournments mainly attributed to the Muluzi’s ill health.Muluzi served as the country’s second president from 1994 to 2004.
Muluzi served as the country’s second president from 1994 to 2004.