A Lusaka magistrate has acquitted Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on the charge of use of insulting language towards law enforcement officers. However, Hichilema remains in custody facing treason charges. The opposition leader was arrested more than a month ago when hundreds of armed police officers ransacked his home, damaging property, beating up occupants and stealing an undisclosed amount of money. Magistrate David Samusamba, who is presiding over the hearing, told the court that a ruling on treason charges would be made on Monday, May 22. He would then rule on whether the alleged treason charge will be referred to the high court for committal or dismissed.
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