Malawi: Critic freed
22 February 2012, 13:29
Malawi - Malawi's ex-attorney general Ralph Kasambara, who was
arrested after calling for President Bingu wa Mutharika's impeachment,
has been freed from hospital detention, a minister said on Wednesday.
was taken to a maximum-security prison last week, but moved to a
hospital under police guard to receive treatment for a heart condition.
Minister Ephraim Chiume told state radio Kasambara had been "freed on
humanitarian grounds and given police bail based on the medical report
the government had received".
He said five other people arrested with Kasambara would also be given bail.
was arrested on February 20 in Blantyre after he allegedly assaulted
three men who tried to petrol bomb his office in what he says was a
failed assassination attempt.
His private bodyguards reportedly
beat the men, whom he then brought to police in his personal vehicle. He
was arrested, but won a court order for his release.
But he was arrested again hours later and taken to a maximum-security prison.
Kasambara was admitted on Friday to a private hospital in Blantyre complaining of heart problems but still under police watch.
Lawyer Wapona Kita, who is a partner in Kasambara's law firm, said the police officers have now left the hospital.
a prominent rights activist-turned-politician, was arrested after
calling for the impeachment or resignation of Mutharika for incompetence
and violating the constitution with his failure to resolve the judicial
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