June 2, 1998 |
Former President Kenneth Kaunda walked out of the High Court in the capital, Lusaka, after the government dropped charges alleging he knew about an October coup attempt against his successor. "I feel great," said Kaunda, the Southern African nation's founding father, wearing the thick white beard he has grown since his Dec. 25 arrest. Supporters waved their fists, with fingers outstretched in V-for-victory signs, and cheered.
January 15, 1998 |
Two detained army officers told a court in Lusaka, the capital, that state agents tortured them to make them falsely implicate former President Kenneth D. Kaunda and other politicians in October's failed coup. Capt. Jackson Chiti said he was in such pain during the torture sessions that he implicated Kaunda and other opposition leaders. Another witness, Maj. Musonda Kangwa, said he also was tortured to make him implicate politicians. Chiti said he withdrew his confessions when the torture ended.
January 11, 1998 |
The country formally charged former President Kenneth D. Kaunda and two other opposition leaders with backing a failed coup, Kaunda's lawyers said. Kaunda, 73, under house arrest in Lusaka, was served with grounds for his detention by police, lawyer Sacika Sitwala said. The document said Kaunda, detained politician Dean Mungomba and Roger Chongwe, a human rights lawyer, supported and "sponsored" a failed army takeover Oct. 28.
December 27, 1997 |
Detained former President Kenneth Kaunda made a brief court appearance Friday and was then flown to a secret destination by military helicopter. Journalists and lawyers for Kaunda, 73, followed as a police convoy drove the opposition leader from the court to Lusaka's airport, where he was placed on the helicopter. Lawyers for Kaunda, who was arrested without charge on Thursday under a 28-day detention order, said they had not been told where he was being taken.
November 9, 1997 |
Prison officials refused Saturday to let investigators visit those arrested in a failed coup attempt, ignoring condemnation from human rights groups and a ruling from Zambia's courts. A state-appointed human rights commission was barred from Lusaka Central Prison, where 33 soldiers and opposition politician Dean Mungomba have been held since the Oct. 28 revolt.
September 18, 1999 |
A court convicted 59 soldiers of treason and sentenced them to death for their role in a failed military coup in 1997, Zambian state television reported. Judge Japhet Banda of the Lusaka High Court said death is mandatory for treason and ordered the soldiers hanged. He sentenced another defendant to 21 years of hard labor for knowing about the planned coup despite not taking part. Eight other soldiers were acquitted. Defense attorneys said they would appeal. On Oct.