Judge revokes bench warrant against Chinese managers who shot Zambian

Two Chinese Collum Coal Mine managers charged with attempted murder following the shooting of 13 Collum Coal miners in Sinazongwe district last year have been granted bail by the Livingstone High Court.

Bail for the two was revoked earlier after the two failed to appear in court.

The two managers, XIA LI and LI SAHN are charged with 13 counts of attempted murder contrary to Section 215 of the Penal Code.

In October 2010, the two while acting together shot live bullets at protesting mine workers in Sinazongwe, injuring 13 in the process.

Their case was commenced in the Choma Magistrate Court on December 2 and they were granted 50 Million bail Kwacha each with two working sureties.

However the defendants failed to appear before the Sub-ordinate Court for the second hearing on January 4, prompting the Magistrate to revoke the bail.

Making a ruling over the matter, Livingstone High Court Judge ENERST MUKULWAMUTIYO said the Magistrate Court misdirected itself in law, when it issued a bench warrant to the two defendants as it was contrary to the criminal procedure code, CAP 88 of the Laws of Zambia.

Judge MUKULWAMUTIYO directed that the Bench warrant be dismissed and that the two Chinese suspects be granted a 50 million Kwacha bail each.


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