A Lusaka High Court judge has ordered that proceedings relating to the contempt of court case involving Post editor-in-chief Fred M’membe, Sam Mujuda and Professor Muna Ndulo be stopped until after the hearing of the motion for judicial review.
Judge Albert Wood’s direction means the cops must stop hunting for Fred M;membe whom they claimed they have been chasing.
According to an order granting leave to apply for judicial review filed in the Lusaka High Court at the principal registry, justice Wood directed that further proceedings relating to the case be stayed.
“Upon reading the statement lodged pursuant to Rule 3 (2) of Order 53 of the Rules of the Supreme Court and upon reading the affidavit of Sam Mujuda filed herewith and upon hearing counsel on behalf of the applicants for leave to apply for judicial review for orders of Certiorari and Declaration in respect of a decision or order of the chief resident magistrate at Lusaka made on the 2nd September 2009,” justice Wood stated. “It is ordered that the application be allowed and that the said applicants do have leave to issue a Notice of motion for judicial review as aforesaid: It is further directed and ordered that all further proceedings relating to the contempt of court alleged be stayed until after the hearing of the motion for judicial review herein or until further order.”