The accused persons in Mapeto Limited Tax Evasion Case have denied charges levelled against them.
The 15 counts against them include tax evasion, money laundering and 13 other charges.
The State says it has 10 witnesses to parade for the trial.
Earlier the defence team had asked the court to have the plea taking shifted to a later date to give time for new lawyers for the accused to study the documents on the case.
Five executives from Mapeto David Whitehead and Sons (DWS) including two Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officers were formally charged with 15 counts that led to the suspected tax evasion estimated at K10.8 billion.
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