LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) –Former Homeland security minister Mr Uladi Mussa has applied for bail in the High Court in Lilongwe pending an appeal on his passport scandal conviction.
High Court judge Dr Chifundo Kachale last year sentenced Mussa to five years in prison alongside former central region immigration officer Mr David Kwanjana and businessman Mr Peter Katasha after they were found guilty in the passport scandal.
Mussa and the two were accused of helping foreign nationals acquire citizenship fraudently, and were charged with three counts, as follows; using public office to the advantage of another, altering false documents and neglecting official duties.
And on Tuesday, Mussa through his lawyer Mr Paul Maulidi, applied to the Court for his client to be released on bail pending determination of the Supreme Court where they made an appeal.
In their argument, defense team argued that the Supreme Court may take long to hear the appeal case therefore it will not be fair for Mussa to remain in prison during this period.
Maulidi said Mussa has a right to request for bail as they wait for the appeal case to commence.
But State Prosecutor Mr Kamudoni Nyasulu has described the defense argument as baseless saying they could have first consulted the Registrar on the dates the appeal shall commence before coming with the bail application.
Mussa who has been in prison for six months appealed his conviction last year.
Meanwhile, Justice Kachale has reserved his ruling on the bail application to second week of May.