Zambia Fails to Produce Charges against Henry Banda

The South African government says it will refuse to detain former President Rupiah Banda’s son, Henry Banda, unless the Zambian government furnishes it with detailed charges and evidence.

High Commissioner Moses Chikane told the Zambian press yesterday that South African police could not act on the Interpol Red Alert issued against Henry for the simple reason that he was wanted for questioning.

“The South Africa government will need solid charges before extraditing the son to the former head of state. The Zambian authorities would need to use Interpol to secure any law-breaker, including the same Mr Banda. We cannot hand over someone to any government…it doesn’t matter which government just because they are wanted for questioning…we need solid charges,” Chikane said.

But Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani says the charges against Henry would only be revealed once he hands himself to the police.  According to a press release from the Banda family’s lawyers, the allegations against Henry Banda are politically motivated.

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