Four Murder Suspects Dubiously Released From Jail

Four Murder Suspects Dubiously Released From Jail.

RELATIVES of a 21- year- old man of Chilimboyi Village who was allegedly beaten to death by five members of the Zambia Combined Cadet Force ( ZCCF) at Mumbwa Secondary School last month have accused police in the district of dubiously releasing four of the suspects.

But police deputy spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the four were released because there was insufficient evidence to implicate them.

Chimba Mazyopa, who was in the company of two friends, were returning from Mumbwa town around 21: 00 hours on the fateful day when the five cadets allegedly confronted them and started beating them for no apparent reason.

But Chimba’s father, Ackson Mazyopa, questioned the decision by the police to release the four suspects without subjecting them to the court process.

Mr Mazyopa said in an interview yesterday the family is disappointed with the response by the police that there was no evidence to link the four pupils to the death.

“ Is it for the police to find the suspect with no case to answer? Isn’t that the job of the courts? The last time we had a meeting with the police, they assured us that they will keep us updated with the developments on the matter but we were surprised only to hear from members of the public that the four had been released.

“ When we confronted the criminal investigations officer ( CIO) at the police station, we demanded to see the suspects but we were surprised that only one was presented to us. The officer was at pains to explain what had happened to the four until he eventually admitted they had been released on account that they had no case to answer,” Mr Mazyopa said.

He urged relevant authorities to ensure justice prevails against the murderers of his son.

But Mr Hamoonga said in a separate interview that police

interviewed the five suspects after which they zeroed in on one.

He said there was overwhelming evidence on one suspect who has remained in custody and that it was discovered that he is the one who implicated the other four who were later released.

“ When the suspects were apprehended, they were interviewed and police zeroed in on one suspect as evidence was overwhelming against him. He is scheduled to appear in court next week,” he said.