Court adjourns trafficking case

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By Clement Msiska

The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has adjourned to Friday a case in which two Chinese nationals and a Malawian are accused of trafficking in persons.

They were arrested on 30 June at Area 47, Sector 5 in Lilongwe.

The Malawian national, Patricia Kamanga, who is a pastor; is believed to have coordinated the movement of 10 children from Area 23 to Area 47 in the capital city.

According to the three witnesses who are also police officers at Lingadzi Police, Kamanga announced and encouraged her congregants to send their children to the two Chinese nationals to learn Chinese culture.

It is alleged that the two Asian men, promised to pay each of the children MK10, 000 monthly and that they would also be sent to China for further training.

The two Chinese nationals however failed to produce relevant documents that gave them authority to teach the children, hence the arrest.

Law enforcers suspect that the children were being prepared to trafficked to an unknown destination outside the country.

Lawyer for the accused Ian Malewa, asked the court to consider bail for the three as they had spent over two months in prison before appearing in court which is more than the recommended 30 days allowed to hold accused persons.

However police prosecutor Mwayi Kaluwa argued that the three can easily compromise evidence as they can easily contact parents of the concerned children.

In her ruling senior resident magistrate Shyreen Yona Chirwa ruled that the three remain in custody up to Friday where bail ruling will be given as well as continuation of the case hearing.

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