Banda 'unfit' for murder trial
Tuesday 30 May 1995
Blantyre - Malawi's ex-president, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, in his mid- 90s, is unfit to stand trial for the murder of four political opponents in 1983 because he has a shrunken brain, is almost deaf and would not understand the proceedings, doctors said.
South African psychiatrist Merryll Vorster, one of three doctors to examine him under a court order, said they all agreed Dr Banda was too old and unfit to appear. Spectators in court were convulsed with laughter when a tape of an interview with the doctors was played, with Dr Banda apparently forgetting most of the past and denying having ever murdered anyone. "Murder someone? Who did I murder?" he said in response to questions by Dr Vorster. Reute
- 1 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
- 5 We have six months to save the world, says leading economist
California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
Sepp Blatter resigns: FBI are investigating outgoing Fifa president, claims report
Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a solutions / s...
£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive is required t...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you inspired to bring new a...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...