Lusaka - A Zambian court on Wednesday delayed the trial of
ex-leader Rupiah Banda, who is accused of skimming cash from a Nigerian oil
The court was expected to make a ruling on whether it was
appropriate to arrest Banda, who ruled Zambia from 2008 to 2011, under a law
that had been repealed.
But the decision was delayed until Monday because the
magistrate handling the matter was not available.
"[He] is attending to other national duties, and the
ruling has been moved to Monday 22," said presiding official Aridah Chulu.
Banda was accompanied to court by his wife Thandiwe, his son
and several party supporters.