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Further information on UA 86/92 (AFR 36/05/92, 12 March; and follow-up AFR 36/07/92, 16 March) - Malawi: legal concern: Simon Mhone, Sydney Kwelepeta, Sam Chirwa, Mr Chirambo, Chakufwa Chihana, Dennis Nkwazi

, Index number: AFR 36/011/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 36/11/92
Distr: UA/SC
22 April 1992
Further information on UA 86/92 (AFR 36/05/92, 12 March 1992) and follow-up
AFR 36/07/92 of 16 March 1992 - Legal Concern
MALAWI:Simon Mhone
Sydney Kwelepeta
Sam Chirwa
Mr Chirambo
Chakufwa Chihana
Dennis Nkwazi
Amnesty International has learned that Simon Mhone, a journalist formerly
employed by the government Department of Information, was released from
detention in Malawi on 13 April 1992. Thank you to all those who sent appeals,
no further action is required on his behalf.
Chakufwa Chihana, a leader of the movement for a multi-party political system,
was arrested on 6 April 1992 on his return to Malawi. He remains in detention
at an unknown location in Lilongwe and is likely to be charged with sedition.
His case is now being featured in UA 114/92 (AFR 36/09/92 of 6 April 1992 and
follow-up AFR 36/10/92 of 14 April 1992) and so no further appeals are required
on his behalf through this action.
As far as Amnesty International is aware Sydney Kwelepeta, Sam Chirwa, Mr
Chirambo and Dennis Nkwazi are all still in detention.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- expressing concern at the reported arrest and continuing detention of Sydney
Kwelepeta, Sam Chirwa, Mr Chirambo and Dennis Nkwazi;
- seeking information about their place of detention and the legal basis for
their imprisonment and calling for them to be released unless they are to be
charged with a recognizably criminal offence and brought promptly and fairly
to trial.
1) H E The Life-President Ngwazi Dr H. Kamuzu Banda
Office of the President and Cabinet
P/Bag 301
Lilongwe 3
Telegrams: Life-President Banda, Lilongwe, Malawi
Telexes: 4389 PRES MI
Faxes: + 265 731878
Salutation: Your Excellency
Page 2 of 2FU 86/92
2) Hon. J Z U Tembo
Minister of State in the Office of the President
P/Bag 301
Lilongwe 3
Telegrams: Minister of State Tembo, Lilongwe, Malawi
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) Mr MacWilliam Lunguzi
Inspector-General of Police
P/Bag 305
Lilongwe 3
Telegrams: Inspector-General of Police Lunguzi, Lilongwe, Malawi
Salutation: Dear Sir
Southern Africa Trade Union Co-ordination Council
PO Box 1271
and to diplomatic representatives of Malawi in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 3 June 1992.

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