Zambia: Ex-leader Banda's son arrested for 'defaming' President Sata

Man in trouble: Andrew Banda, in red shirt. BBC | PHOTO 

Zambian authorities have arrested former President Rupiah Banda's son, Andrew, for allegedly defaming the country's current leader, his lawyer said late Thursday.

Mr Milner Katolo said, Andrew, already facing a graft offence in court, has been detained by Police for allegedly defaming President Michael Sata.

Andrew was picked up on Thursday afternoon at the Lusaka Magistrates court by plain-clothed police officers, Mr Katolo told reporters.

He will be taken to Chipata, Eastern Province--about 600 kilometres east of the capital Lusaka--where he will be formally charged as he allegedly defamed the President from there.

It was not clear what he actually said or written about the incumbent.

Former President Banda and his sons Andrew are facing corruption cases in court.

Another of Mr Banda's son, Henry, has been on Zambia's Police wanted list for similar allegations.

Critics say the prosecution of the Bandas by President Sata's regime is a witch-hunt against the former first family which was in power between 2008 and 2011.

Other members of the former regime are also in court for various such offences.

He could face a minimum of two years in jail if convicted.