By Azania Post Reporter
Former Malawi President, Bakili Muluzi’s 11-year-old criminal case on corruption ruling is set for February 21 this year, it has been said.
The Country’s Constitutional Court set the date of the ruling of the case on whether the case in which the State questions the former President of $12 million (K1.7 billion) during his ten years rule (1994-2004) which was in his personal account should continue or invalidated.
Muluzi, 74, and his former personal secretary, Lyness Whiskey, were charged of corruption on the money which government alleged was public funds diverted to the former President’s personal account.
The NyasaTimes reports that the funds were given to Muluzi directly from Taiwan, Morocco and Libya for the campaign of late Bingu wa Mutharika, who was his hand picked successor under United Democratic Front (UDF).
But Muluzi has always denied the charges saying they were politically motivated.
Records say that in 2011, Muluzi’s lawyers applied to the Constitutional Court to determine the constitutionality of Section 32 of the Corrupt Practices Act, which puts the burden on the accused to prove their innocence against the general principle where the burden lies in the hands of the state.
Malawi press said if the Constitutional Court determination invalidates the section under contention, the corruption charges levelled against Muluzi will fall off—meaning no one can be prosecuted using such law, but where the court considers the section valid, Muluzi will stand trial and that the law will remain applicable as has been the case.
Local press reports indicate that the State had spent as much as $12 million on the case.