By Malawi Freedom Network
UN Aids Tell Malawi Police To Release Human Rights Defenders
UNAIDS, which Police said is the complainant in the Money laundering and Fraud case prompting them to arrest human rights defenders, Gift Trapence and Reverend MacDonald Sembereka has penned Malawi Police Service to release the two.
In a letter that we have seen dated July 10, 2019, the office of UNAIDS Resident Cordinator states that, the declaration that it’s staff had made to police on July 5 did not mean that the police should take any legal action against the two on the matter.
“The United Nations would like to seek the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Malawi Police Service’s immediate cooperation to effectively release those individuals from police custody,” reads the letter in its demanding tone.
The letter which is addressed to the Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at Capital Hill in Lilongwe is also copied to the Inspector General of Police and the UNAIDS Regional Director in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Police had arrested the two human rights defenders on Tuesday afternoon over the above charge.
National Police Spokesperson, James Kadadzera told the media that the law enforcers had effected the are arrest after UNAIDS had logged a complaint against the two over misappropriation of project funds amounting to over 7 Million Malawi Kwacha.
Following their arrest, the two activists were on Wednesday brought before the Lilongwe Resident Magistrates’ court where they were denied bail pending for the case hearing on Friday, July 12.