By Draxon Maloya
The Nkhatabay First Grade Magistrate court has reserved bail ruling for 20 suspects arrested on allegation that they torched 52 houses in Hanambo village.
According to Nkhatabay Police Publicist, Sergeant Kondwani James the suspects first appeared in court on September 10, 2020 where their legal representative applied for bail, but the court reserved its ruling to September 18, 2020.
On September 18, 2020, First Grade Magistrate Robert Makaika granted bail to the accused persons on the following conditions:
Every accused person should pay K15,000 cash; and that each of them should have one surety who would pay K10,000 non cash.
However, the state prosecutor Superintendent Solomon Mchawi appealed to the court to thoroughly scrutinize the sureties before releasing the suspects on bail.
The court was scheduled to complete process of scrutinizing the sureties on Monday, September 21. However, due to other adminstrative issues, the process was not completed.
As such, the case has been adjourned to September 23, for confirmation of sureties and final determination on bail ruling.
Meanwhile, all the accused persons have since remained in police custody.