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Zambia: Opposition leader's trial pushed to Wednesday

Zambia: Opposition leader's trial pushed to Wednesday

Zambia

The court case of Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who is being tried on charges of treason has been postponed to Wednesday after the magistrate fell ill, his United Party for National Development(UPND) has announced.

Hichelema’s wife, has also called on the international community to intervene and facilitate the release of her husband.

She denounces what she describes as an erosion of democracy and a gradual shift towards a dictatorial regime in Zambia.

The opposition leader has been in jail for over a month now without the possibility of being released on bail.

He is accused of threatening the life of president Edgar Lungu as well as nursing plans to overthrow the government and risks between fifteen years in jail to a death penalty.

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