A 27 Year old Police Officer from Chama district in Muchinga Province has been found with a case to answer by the Chipata Magistrate Court in a case where he is charged for being found in possession of prescribed government trophy without lawful authority.
Particulars before the court were that Owen Hakalima was found in possession of five ivory pieces weighing 12 Kilogrammes, on April 18, 2017, in Chipata district.
ZANIS reports that Hakalima was later arrested and charged jointly with another person unknown who fled with one count of being found in possession of prescribed government trophy without lawful authority contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Delivering a ruling after the state closed its case, Principal Resident Magistrate Jennipher Bwalya said the state has managed to establish a primafacie case against the accused and put him on his defence.
Hakalima who is being represented by Senior Legal Aid Counsel John Phiri said he will give his defence on oath but will not call any witnesses.
Magistrate Bwalya adjourned the matter to June 27 2018, for commencement of defence while a police bond for the accused has been extended.