Between September and December 2018, TrialWatch monitored the trial of six
activists in Zambia, who were arrested and charged under the Public Order Act in
connection with an anti-corruption protest they organized in 2017. On December 21, 2018, the judge dismissed the charges and acquitted all six defendants.
Although the trial itself was generally fair, and Judge Mwaka Chigali Mikalile is to be commended in this regard, the proceedings were infected with prosecutorial misconduct in pursuing spurious charges based upon patently insufficient evidence.
Human Rights Institute & Beth Van Schaack,
Trial Monitoring of People v. Miti et al. (Zambia 2018),
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/human_rights_institute/11