Wednesday, December 7

Court adjourns Prophet Bushiri’s extradition case

The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Chimwaza has adjourned the Shepherd Bushiri and wife, Mary, extradition case to July 11. 2022 when the Court will make a ruling whether the State should use witness recordings.

This comes after South African government, through the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), applied to have a review of the order for witnesses to testify while in their country of South Africa.

On Friday, DPP Steven Kayuni argued that it will be expensive to bring in witnesses from South Africa to testify physically in Malawi.

In February, High Court Judge Redson Kapindu gave several directives, including that South Africa-based witnesses be physically present.

However, defence lawyer Wapona Kita said the issue at hand was already dealt with by the same court.

Magistrate Chimwaza has ordered the parties to file submissions within seven days, with a ruling expected to be on July 11.

Bushiri and his wife are wanted in South Africa in connection with allegations of fraud and money laundering of funds amounting to R102 million.

The couple is accused of fleeing to Malawi a few days after the Pretoria Central Magistrate Court granted them R200,000 bail each.

 

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