Court adjourns defamation case in which Muvi TV reported that Journalist had defiled under-age girl

The Lusaka high Court has adjourned the defamation case in which Francis Maingaila a journalist has sued owned Muvi Television.

The matter comes up for trial on February 14 2012.

In his statement of claim Mr. Maingaila is claiming for aggravated damages for libel and special damages for mental distress.

The former Muvi TV journalist is also claiming any other relief or remedy the court may deem fit.

He is also claiming that Muvi Television through its servants or agents and others with intent to defame him conspired to falsely circulate and broadcast malicious and incriminating rumors or publication that he had defiled an under-age girl.

Mr. Maingaila further claims that the move caused his arrest, detention and prosecution save for his acquittal by a court of law.

Muvi Television who are the defendants in the matter are said to have on July 30th 2009 during their main news published by broadcast story that Lusaka Journalist Francis Maingaila had allegedly defiled a 15 year old girl who went to MUVI Television offices along Nangwenya road to seek assistance.

Mr. Maingaila who had saved for three weeks of his three months probation at Muvi TV was picked up by police in connection with the alleged defilement.

However in defence, MUVI TV stated that the broadcast was on reasonable ground and Mr. Maingaila had allegedly defiled an under age girl.

Muvi TV further states that Mr. Maingaila did not suffer any damages and not entitled to any of the reliefs as pleaded and requested that the claim be dismissed with costs.

Maingaila was acquitted by the magistrate court.

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