The Supreme Court of Appeal is today expected to start hearing a case in which former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and Macdonald Kumwembe appealed against their conviction.

Kasambara was convicted of conspiracy to murder while Manondo and former Malawi Defence Force Soldier Kumwembe were convicted of attempted murder of former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo.

Kasambara was sentenced to 13 years, while Manondo and Kumwembe were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour.

The three appealed against their conviction and applied for bail pending the conclusion of the appeal case in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

On March 14 2018, Supreme Court of Appeal Justice Dunstain Mwaungulu released Kasambara on bail but did not release Manondo and Kumwembe on bail.

Ministry of Justice spokesperson Pilirani Masanjala confirmed of the development in an interview with the press.

Masanjala said the office of the DPP has already made its submission in the case

Michael Goba Chipeta who is representing Manondo and Kumwembe has confirmed having been served with the notice of the hearing of the appeal.

Faceofmalawi will keep you updated on the matter.

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