Seven men accused of plotting to overthrow President Kenneth Kaunda's government have been sentenced to death by a High Court tribunal in Lusaka.
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GV Prisoners coming out of court and getting into van
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Background: Seven men accused of plotting to overthrow President Kenneth Kaunda's government have been sentenced to death by a High Court tribunal in Lusaka. The prisoners, including two former top officials, left the court under heavy police escort after the hearing on January 20. After sentencing former High Court Commissioner Edward Jack Shamwana, former Zairean politician Deogratias Symba and the other defendants to death by hanging, Judge Dennis Chirwa also condemned an eighth man to ten years of har labour. The man, a former major in the Zambian Air Force, was charged with concealment of treason. Treason carries a mandatory death sentence in Zambia. Relatives wept as the sentences were announced. The eight men denied the charges, and indicated they would appeal to the Supreme Court.