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Malawi Court Halts Case Against Vice President

The vice president of Malawi won a court order Wednesday blocking a corruption probe into $2 million worth of government contracts he awarded several years ago.

Following a court appearance by Vice President Cassim Chilumpha in the capital, Lilongwe, a judge granted an injunction

He also ordered a judicial review after a lawyer argued the vice president's arrest violates the constitution.

Prosecutors accuse Mr. Chilumpha of awarding the contracts meant to improve schools during his tenure as minister of education. But the money allegedly went to supporters of Malawi's former president, Bakili Muluzi.

Meanwhile, tensions have grown between Mr. Chilumpha and current President Bingu wa Mutharika.

The vice president still belongs to the former ruling United Democratic Front.

The president quit the party earlier this year after launching a corruption investigation that has targeted several high party officials.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.