Herve Milhade, Castel Malawi Limited Managing Director, has been fined K1 million by Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate Court for cultivating Indian Hemp popularly known as Chamba.
Milhade, 60, was arrested on 8 April this year at his resident in Kabula Heights, Blantyre along with fellow Frenchman Murie Jan, 50.
Should Milhade and Jan fail to each pay the K1 million fine, they will be jailed for a year, ruled Senior Resident Magistrate, Martin Chipofya.
Chipofya imposed the fines on the two after the French nationals pleaded guilty, they were later convicted on 2 June this year.
A total of 59 plants of hemp were found at Milhade’s home. The plants were forfeited in accordance with Section 17(6) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.
Meanwhile, Chipofya has ruled that if the parties involved in the case are not pleased with the sentencing, they are free to appeal his determination within 30 days from 6 June 2022.