HH fails to take plea in the defamation case

United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema today failed to take plea in a defamation case against President Michael Sata as defence lawyers asked the state to have the matter adjourned.
Particulars allege that Hichilema, on January 13 this year, with intent to bring the President into hatred, ridicule and contempt, did publish a defamatory statement which was covered in the Daily Nation of January 14 this year.
Defence lawyer Sakwiba Sikota told the court that the defence team needed more time to study the case and take further instructions from the their client over the matter.
In his application Mr. Sikota asked the court to adjourn the matter as the charges levelled against his client at the court and those he was charged with when he was arrested at woodlands police station were different.