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Malawi’s Forensic Pathologist and Clinical Forensic Physician, Charles Dzamalala has released results of the medical investigation on the death of Buleya Lule, a suspect in the abduction of Dedza boy born with albinism.

Buleya Lule died suddenly on Wednesday, 21st February 2019 while in Police custody after being arrested when he was being suspected to be the mastermind in the abduction case of an albino boy.

He was then answering charges of abduction however he only managed to appear once in the courtroom and suddenly died in the evening of the same day of the court appearance a development which saw human rights organizations asking for a forensic autopsy.

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) with financial support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), engaged this Dzamalala to carry out an independent forensic autopsy which was conducted at Kamuzu Central Hospital Mortuary.

The autopsy report seen by Afriem signed up by Dzamalala indicates that Lule died of electrocution and not intracranial bleeding and hypertension as reported by Dr Maurice Mulenga, a Pathologist at Kamuzu Central Hospital who did the first autopsy on the same Lule’s death day.

In his report, Dzamalala said Lule’s body had many injuries of different types and nature, ranging from bruises to scratches to burn wounds to electric wounds which were seen on three sites of the body surface – the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, the head and the buttocks:-

The Pathologist said Lule’s body had microscopically proven electrocution wounds and assaultive wounds .and said there was no evidence of poisoning or immediate natural disease process, including hypertension.

“The immediate cause of death was electrocution. While a Taser was considered as the possible weapon for the electrocution, the characteristics of the wound did not quite match this weapon. it may have been an unconventional weapon such as a forked metal object that was used.

While electrocution is the primary cause of death in this instance, it was abundantly clear that the deceased was also assaulted with different types of implements, including but not limited to a cylindrical object inflicting trauma to the head and probably also a hot iron or similar object placed on a cloth over the skin rather than directly onto the skin around the left buttock.” Reads part of Dzamalala’s autopsy report.

He further said the nature and types of the injuries seen constitute torture by World Medical Association (WMA) standards.

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