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Malawi Court dismisses Bushiri’s application to throw out extradition case

Prophets Shepherd and Mary Bushiri
Prophets Shepherd and Mary Bushiri heading into Court

The Lilongwe Chief Magistrate Court has dismissed an application from self-acclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, to have their extradition case be thrown out.

The court has also dismissed their request to have their case referred to the Constitutional Court for determination if the Southern African Development Community (SADC) extradition protocol should be used in Malawian court.

Bushiri’s’ lawyer Wapona Kita claimed that Malawi signed the SADC extradition protocol, which requires member States to domesticate the protocol before using it in their respective countries, but Malawi is yet to do that.

Wapona Kita, the lawyer for the Bushiri’s outside the court.

Kita also wanted three judges of the High Court to sit as a Constitutional Court to determine if the protocol in question can be applied in expediting a local matter.

In his determination, Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa stated the SADC protocol is applicable in Malawi and does not raise any constitutional concerns as such the case does not need to be referred to the Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda.

He also said the matter can ably be handled by the Magistrate’s Court and proceeded with hearing of the case.

The couple is wanted by South African authorities over theft, money laundering and fraud charges.

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