State re-starts contempt case against M’membe

Sam Mujuda is said to be studying in Europe

Sam Mujuda is said to be studying in Europe

The State has filed contempt of court proceedings against Post Newspaper Editor Fred Mmembe, his deputy Sam Mujuda and the Post newspaper.

The state filed the papers Friday morning and the summons to the accused person were expected to be served the same day.

Magistrate David Musamba has signed the warrants requiring the accused to appear in court next week on 14th October, 2009.

Two weeks ago, Judge Albert wood quashed contempt proceedings against M’membe, Mujuda and Prof Ndulo saying procedure was not followed.

In his ruling delivered in chambers judge Wood said the alleged contempt before him was not committed in the face of the court but outside.

He said in his ruling that the State should formally institute proceedings and the court should proceed as provided for in the Criminal Procedure Code.

This was in a matter where M’membe, Mujuda and Prof Ndulo had applied for judicial review on the contempt proceedings brought against them in the case where Post news editor Chansa Kabwela is charged with one count of circulating obscene matters contrary to the laws of Zambia.

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