ONE of the suspects in the murder of UPND cadre Grazier Matapa has asked the Lusaka High Court, through a habeas corpus application, to compel the State to bring him before court for an explanation of the charge.
In his application filed in the Lusaka High Court, Shadreck Chibebe contended that he was arrested on February 22 this year at the Ministry of Lands by officers from Woodlands police station and he has been detained to date.
He said following his arrest and detention in police cells, the officers had only taken a warn and caution statement from, claiming they had breached the Constitution which mandates the accused to be presented before the court for an explanation of the charge.
Chibebe contended that 21 days had passed since his detention without appearing before a court of when he was supposed to within 24 hours.
He said for the above mentioned reasons he craves the court’s indulgency to grant him leave to issue a writ of habeas corpus to compel the State to take him to court and explain the charges and to explain the reasons why he should be detained if the State has no evidence against him.
A few months ago Lusaka High Court judge Justice Gertrude Chawatama sentenced to death five PF cadres after finding them guilty of murdering Matapa in February last year.
Sentencing the five, Judge Chawatama said people should live in harmony regardless of political differences.
Those sent to the gallows were Mwewa Yapanshi, 24, Billy Semani Kansenya, 25, Moses Lungu, 31, Maxson Phiri, 39, all of Mtendere East, who were charged with murder.