By Staff Reporter
Malawi Magistrate court has denied the Bushiri’s bid to have their extradition request dismissed.
Magistrate Patrick Chirwa ruled that while the SADC Protocol cannot be used in Malawi, South Africa was designated under a bilateral act as a processable destination for extradition and as such the matter would not be referred to the Constitutional Court.
Posting on social media Prophet Bushiri said It is not far, the truth will come out
“The magistrate court has today agreed with our lawyers that the SADC extradition protocol is not part of the laws of Malawi and therefore and there will not be used as the basis of the extradition proceedings.”
“The magistrate however, was of the view that since he has decided that the SADC protocol on extradition will not be used in the extradition, he will only rely on the 1972 extradition agreement between Malawi and South Africa.
“Our lawyers have told the magistrate court that we will be applying for a review of the decision of the magistrate to proceed with the hearing of the extradition request based on the extradition agreement because the extradition request itself stated that the extradition agreement was being used subject to the protocol.”
“It is expected that the review process will be filed this week by our legal team in the High Court.
“Thank you all for always praying for us. It is not far, the truth will come out!”
The Bushiris were arrested in SA in October 2020 on charges of money laundering, fraud and theft. They were out on R200,000 bail each when they fled the country.
Should the extradition application be granted, the Bushiris will be returned to SA to face charges.