Zambian ex-president's son arrested
26 July 2013, 10:14
Lusaka - The son of Zambia's former president Rupiah Banda
was arrested Thursday on charges of defaming his father's successor, his lawyer
Andrew Banda was picked up by police at a court, where he
was answering unrelated charges of graft in connection with road building
"He has been charged with the offence of defamation of
the president but has been released without bond," said lawyer Milner
Police claim that Andrew Banda told a recent political
gathering not to go to Michael Sata's rallies because the president is a
Satanist and so they risked being sacrificed. He is expected to report to a
police station on Friday.
Zambia's former president visited his son, who was kept in
holding cells for close to three hours before being released.
If convicted, Andrew Banda risks serving a jail sentence of
not less than five years.
It is the latest in a series of charges against the Banda
Rupiah Band has faced a raft of criminal charges since his
successor's administration took office in September 2011.
He has also been barred from leaving the country.
Banda maintains the charges are politically motivated and
part of a crackdown on Sata's critics which has seen websites banned and