Thirty-two suspects of Kaphiri riots remanded for ten days in police custody

Thirty-two people who were arrested early this week on suspicion that they took part in the fracas against the police at Kaphiri area in Lilongwe, will spend ten days in the custody.

The Lilongwe magistrate court, granted the request of the state to have the suspects remanded in police custody, pending further investigation.

The 32 are also suspected to have torched a police armored vehicle, and smashed some peoples cars, and destroyed the police unit building.

The group has pleading not guilty to the charges of malicious damage to property.

Central Region Assistant Commissioner of Police, who is in charge of regional prosecution, Levison Mangani, told the court that the police are still conducting their investigations, and that granting bail to the 32 suspects, would jeopardize the on-going investigations.

Mangani also told the court that the police intend to use some video footage and photos that were taken during and after the fracas, which will be used in the case.

“Your worship, the interest of justice demands that the accused persons be sufficiently investigated, and the state wants to ask the court to have the accused remain in custody for ten days, so that we finish investigations and properly charge the accused,” Mangani said.

Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Yona, approved the state’s requests and ordered the suspects to remain in custody for ten days saying “parties will be informed on when the court will sit after the expiry of the period.”

The riot erupted when the residents demanded the release of a suspect that killed a motorcycle taxi operator on 8th. April, 2017.

They wanted to kill the said suspect in revenge to the death of their relative – the motorcycle taxi operator.

However, the police denied having arrested any person in connection to the death of the said motorcycle taxi operator.

The development angered the community, who suspected that the police were hiding the culprit. This resulted in the community to riot, that included smashing cars and property.

 

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