TWO police officers yesterday attempted to serve a call-out on UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema while he was in the dock during hearing of his publication of false news case.
And the Supreme Court has stayed the criminal proceedings against Hichilema in the magistrates’ court.
Police sources said they wanted Hichilema over his statement he made in Lusaka’s Kalikiliki Compound in which he called President Michael Sata a thief and accused him of being corrupt.
And Hichilema’s lawyers have described police’s action as inappropriate.
Meanwhile, trial in the case Hichilema is charged with publication of false news commenced yesterday with a camera man from ZNBC testifying that he and a reporter Collins Chama were assigned to cover the UPND press briefing on June 11, 2012.
An unexplained heavy police presence characterised the Magistrate’s court complex yesterday but some UPND cadres pleaded with the police officers to allow them go and offer solidarity to their leader.