Oswald Lutepo (R), Cashgate trial convicted  businessman, speaks with his lawyer Oswald Mtupila the Zomba High Court in Zomba on July 30, 2015 as he attends the sentencing for the Cashagate trial. AFP PHOTO / AMOS GUMULIRA

Oswald Lutepo (R), Cashgate trial convicted businessman, speaks with his lawyer Oswald Mtupila the Zomba High Court in Zomba on July 30, 2015 as he attends the sentencing for the Cashagate trial. AFP PHOTO / AMOS GUMULIRA

ZOMBA (Malawi NewsNow ) — High Court judge, Professor Redson Kapindu of Zomba registry on Thursday reminded journalists against taking pictures in court, saying that amount to contempt charges.

Judge Kapindu said when the court was sitting to sentence convicted businessman and former People’s Party (PP) national governing council (NGC) member Mr Oswald Lutepo.

He warned journalists not to take pictures inside the court.

State prosecutor Mrs Mary Kachali says cameras and recordings are not allowed inside court rooms.

She referred to famous murder case where Oscar Pistorious was accused of killing his wife in South Africa, that the court allowed cameras but limited , saying m edia should have borne in mind existing protocols.

“It’s sad that reputable media houses have not conducted themselves in such a manner. They haven’t respected the court and judiciary (by taking photos inside court),” says Kachali.

The court failed to sentence Lutepo after State’s application for postponement on confiscation order.

Lutepo’s lawyer Mr Oswald Mtupila objected to the postponement arguing that confiscation order be made before sentencing because it has a bearing on the sentencing.

Justice Kapindu adjourned the case to August 3 2015 to make a ruling on the submissions which will then determine whether to postpone the confiscation order or not and sentencing.