Henry Banda, the son of the former President Rupiah Banda, has been cleared by Interpol and removed from their system after the government of Zambia failed to present charges or evidence over the past 16 months, according to a an article published in the Mail & Guardian newspaper.
According to documentation cited by the newspaper, no details of the charges were ever released and no legal case for extradition was presented to South Africa, despite numerous requests from Banda’s lawyers. Interpol confirmed that an investigation into the case notes had “raised strong doubts concerning compliance with Interpol rules” on behalf of the Patriotic Front government, the article states.
“There never were any formal charges. From inception, it has been obvious that this has been politically motivated,” said Banda’s lawyer Nicqui Galaktiou to the Mail & Guardian.