Former Malawi president, Bakili Muluzi, has lost an appeal which would have led to a corruption case he is facing being discontinued.
The 79-year-old who served two five-year terms as president between 1994 and 2004 stands accused of diverting 1.7bn Malawi kwacha ($2.4m; £1.9m) of government money into his personal account during his tenure. He denies the charge.
The case was first brought to court 14 years ago but multiple postponements and disagreements over technicalities have delayed its conclusion.
Mr Muluzi had sought to have the case discontinued by the Supreme Court of Appeal, arguing the section of law used by the graft-busting body contradicted the country’s constitution and infringed on his rights as an accused person.