We have written to DPP, says LAZ



The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) says time to appeal in the Fredrick Chiluba plunder cases has lapsed.

Former president Chiluba was acquitted on all counts of  corruption charges by a magistrate court after seven years of going to court.

LAZ president Stephen Lungu told a media briefing in Lusaka Tuesday afternoon that even though that was the case, LAZ has written to the DPP to seek audience over the matter owing to public interest in the case.

Lungu explained that LAZ feels that there are sufficient grounds for the director of public prosecutions (DPP) Chalwe Mchenga to appeal against the acquittal of former president Fredrick Chiluba.

He said looking at the possible grounds of appeal provided by prosecutor Mutembo Nchito, LAZ is convinced that the appeal would be viable.

He however defended the decision by the DPP not to appeal saying Zambian the constitution vests power in the DPP whether to appeal against a case or not.

And Lungu has warned of serious penalties  against any of its members issuing statements against the Judiciary in the media.
He says public attacks against the Judiciary by lawyers may diminish public confidence in the legal profession.

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