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Zambian ex-president's court case delayed


A Zambian court on Wednesday delayed the trial of ex-leader Rupiah Banda, who is accused of skimming cash from a Nigerian oil deal.

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a ruling on whether it was appropriate to arrest Banda, who ruled Zambia from 2008 to 2011, under a law that had been repealed.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.