Zam­bia leader moved from jail

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LUSAKA: Zam­bian op­po­si­tion leader Hakainde Hichilema, who is fac­ing trea­son charges for im­ped­ing a pres­i­den­tial mo­tor­cade, has been moved from a prison in Lusaka to a max­i­mum se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity out­side the cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing to a prison source.

Hichilema and five oth­ers who were moved with him are ac­cused of try­ing to over­throw the gov­ern­ment af­ter a col­umn of op­po­si­tion ve­hi­cles failed to make way for Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu.

The case has stoked po­lit­i­cal ten­sions in the coun­try.

“They ar­rived at Mukobeko this morn­ing ( yes­ter­day),” a source said, re­fer­ring to a max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison in Kabwe, about 150km north of Lusaka.

Hichilema lawyer Jack Mwi­imbu con­firmed Hichilema had been moved but said he did not know to where.

“We are not privy to where they have been taken. They were taken to the City Air­port and flown to an un­known des­ti­na­tion,” he said.

The move went against a court or­der spec­i­fy­ing Hichilema should be con­fined to Lusaka Cen­tral prison, he added. – Reuters

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