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Malawi rapture man pleads guilty

2011-06-12 23:06

Blantyre - A Malawian man has pleaded guilty to circulating false documents, after distributing leaflets predicting the end of the world would happen last month, a court official said on Sunday.

Saduki Mwambene, a 39-year-old bicycle repairman, was arrested on April 21 for circulating leaflets published by American televangelist Harold Camping, who had predicted the so-called "Rapture" would occur on May 21.

"Police opened a case for him for circulating false documents that threatened the peace and security of citizens," said an official with the magistrate's court in Chitipa district, on the border with Tanzania.

The magistrate granted Mwambene bail and told him to report for a new hearing after May 21, to ensure the prediction was false, said the official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.

At a hearing on Saturday, he was given a six-month suspended sentence because he "pleaded guilty and was a first offender," the official said.

This was the first reported court case over the Judgement Day fiasco, although several billboards, similar to the ones erected all over the world, were also pitched in Malawi's main cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe.

The billboards were pulled down before May 21 without any explanation from city authorities.

Mwambene was said to be repentant over his action and told police that he would never again be influenced by "false prophets," the official said, apparently referring to 89-year-old Camping, the US preacher who has since rescheduled Doomsday to October 21.

Comments
  • Douglas - 2011-06-12 23:56

    Snapnut.

  • zaatheist - 2011-06-13 05:32

    "A Malawian man has pleaded guilty to circulating false documents, after distributing leaflets predicting the end of the world would happen last month, a court official said on Sunday." Good. That is progress. Now can they next arrest the purveyors of all the other false documents including the bible, koran, book of moron, etc.

  • Mishka - 2011-06-13 07:07

    Arrest now please the South African guy as well

  • Dr. Zeek - 2011-06-13 11:46

    I"m with zaatheist on this one...Ask Pastor Ray where the 100 Bar a year goes to? As for ZCC, the less said, the better...

  • haszard - 2011-06-13 12:05

    Harold Camping sounds like he plagiarized Jehovah's Witnesses. Jehovah Witnesses are a spin-off of the second Adventist which all came from the Millerite movement.American war of 1812 army captain William Miller is ground zero for Jehovah's Witnesses. Yes,the "great disappointment" of Oct 22 1844 has never died out... it lives on in the Jehovah's Witnesses. The central CORE doctrine of the Watchtower,yes the reason the Watchtower came into existence was to declare Jesus second coming in 1914.When the prophecy (derived from William Miller of 1842) failed they said that he came "invisibly". Watchtower reckless predictions of the (1914) (1975)..... second coming of Christ hardens skeptics in their unbelief and provides new fodder for cynics to mock the Christian faith. --- Danny Haszard been there

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