Corruption charges against ex-Malawi president dropped

Corruption charges against ex-Malawi president dropped

[JURIST] Corruption charges filed [JURIST report] last week against former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] have been dropped after the head of the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) [official website] was suspended, Malawi's director of public prosecutions said Monday. President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile; BBC profile], Muluzi's hand-picked successor, suspended ACB director Gustave Kaliwo on Thursday [Nation report], leaving no one to oversee the case against Muluzi.

Muluzi, who ruled Malawi [CIA backgrounder] from 1994 to 2004, had been charged with 42 counts of corruption, fraud and theft arising from allegations that he directed campaign contributions into his personal accounts. Reuters has more.