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Vol 57 No 18

Published 9th September 2016


Judges in the firing line

The opposition petition against the election failed but Lungu is still gunning for the judiciary

When the Constitutional Court threw out the United Party for National Development (UPND)'s petition to dismiss the presidential election result because of fraudulent votes, it triggered a new controversy about judicial independence and government respect for the law. On 5 September and by three to two, judges dismissed the petition as being out of time. One judge reversed her decision twice over when the case could be heard. All five judges have been referred to a disciplinary tribunal in what is widely seen as blatant intimidation.

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