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Malawi Court Adjourns Murder Case Involving Ex-Justice Minister

Malawi’s trial of former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara was adjourned after a High Court judge recused herself following allegations from defense lawyers that she was under pressure from unidentified individuals.

Judge Esmie Chombo confided to another person that she was receiving pressure and recused herself in the interests of justice, John Gift Mwakhwawa, one of Kasambara’s lawyers, said in the capital, Lilongwe, today. While that will delay the case, prosecutors will apply for another judge this afternoon, Director of Public Prosecution Bruno Kalemba told reporters outside the court.