LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-There was a fearless fight between state and defence team on Friday, June 17 on whether witnesses be physically in Malawi from South Africa in Prophet Shepard Bushiri extradition case.

The State, under Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Steven Kayuni applied to have witnesses record their evidence in South Africa citing logistical challenges as the reason.

Prophet Shepard Bushiri and wife Marry in court today

Kayuni told The Maravi Post outside the court that witnesses needed to be protected from any reprisal hence an applications for them to record their testimonies.

“These witnesses exist as we have records of their details. We are acting on South Africa government that their testimonies be recorded not to be physically in Malawi, ” justifies Kayuni.

Kayuni however said the state want the High Court to determine on the matter not the lower court.

While defense counsel led by Wapona Kita objected arguing that the issues being raised were already dealt with by the Court through its ruling of June 8, 2021.

Kita insisted that witnesses should come to Malawi to testify.

Eventually, Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Chimwaza given both parties seven days to file their final submissions on the objections.

Chimwanza therefore set July 11, 2022 as a day she will deliver a ruling on preliminary objections raised on State’s Application.

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