LILONGWE-(MaraviPost) – The state through Home Affairs and Internal Security Ministry has on Wednesday furnished Lilongwe Magistrates court with extradition consent letter for the on-going Rwandan Genocide suspect Vincent Murekezi case.
This means the court proceedings on extradition will go on on Friday January 27, 2017 as slated before the Principal Resident Magistrate Patrick Chilunga Chirwa.
On Tuesday last week Principal Magistrate Chirwa ordered the state to provide the court with written extradition consent after the defence team argued that the proceedings could not go ahead without it in line
with Section 7 of Malawi’s Extradition Act.
This follows the court’s dismissal on an application defense counsel made that the lower court could not handle such a high profile case.
In his argument Murekezi’s lawyer Wapona Kita discredited the magistrate capacity to handle the matter arguing that the magistrate had no powers to handle the extradition case.
Kita accused the state of flouting laid down procedures when it arrested Murekezi without a valid warrant of arrest from any court in the country.
He further argued that genocide is not an extraditable offence saying the state could have labored in vain over the matter.
However, Principal Magistrate Chirwa dismissed the defence team assertion arguing that he was able to handle the matter as was under his jurisdiction.
Senior State advocates Steven Kayuni told The Maravi Post that all Murekezi will remain in police custody until extradition proceedings are done arguing that granting the suspect bail this time will jeopardize the proceedings of the case.
Murekezi was arrested on December 8, 2016 after Rwanda National Prosecution spokesman Nkusi Faustin confirmed that they have been asking Malawi for the extradition of Murekezi from 2009.
Later the state came again with fresh charges that the suspect absconded court appearance on corruption-related charges, jumped bail and sneaked out to Zimbabwe using a Malawi Passport in 2008.