Zambian opposition leader to remain in custody

| Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 11:00am



Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema will remain in custody until at least next week after a court said it would rule on his application to have treason charges against him dropped.

Hichilema was arrested last week for allegedly blocking President Edgar Lungu's motorcade while both were travelling to a traditional event in Zambia's Western province.

Hichilema's lawyers asked the court to throw out the treason charges.

Magistrate Greenwell Malumani said he needs time to study the submissions and would rule on the application next week Wednesday.

Hichilema, a wealthy businessman, has been detained since police raided his Lusaka home on April 11.

He has been accused of endangering President Lungu's life when Hichilema's convoy allegedly refused to give way to the Presidential motorcade on a major road.

In court, he was also accused of trying to overthrow the government between October and April this year.