Zambia opposition leader denies charges, freed on bail

Zambian presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema of main opposition party United Party for National Development, looks on after casting his ballot during the Zambian general elections on August 11, 2016Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema pleaded not guilty Thursday to unlawful assembly and sedition charges and was released on bail after spending a night in custody, his party said. Hichilema, leader of United Party for National Development (UPND), is scheduled back in court later this month. Hichilema was arrested on Wednesday along his vice-president Geoffrey Mwamba in the country’s copperbelt region, after they attempted to visit party members detained in various prisons.

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