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Charges against journalist dismissed

(MISA/IFEX) - The Magistrate's Court in Lilongwe acquitted Nation Publications journalist Maxwell Ng'ambi of the charge of providing false information to a public officer. Ng'ambi was arrested on 17 May 2008 at Maula Prison where he was suspected of planning to interview a former speaker and minister of education, Sam Mpasu, who is serving a jail term.

The prison authorities handed him over to the police and he was charged with providing false information to a public servant whereby he had allegedly lied that he was a relative of Mpasu.

However, Ng'ambi denied the charge and told the court that the warders never found out from him whether Mpasu was related to him or not.

Senior Magistrate Kettie Nthara said she could not convict Ng'ambi because the police did not have enough evidence to prove the charge.

Updates the Ng'ambi case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/92797

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