LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba has ordered that the formal hearing of the South Africa’s request to have fugitive Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary extradited to answer their alleged fraud and money laundering charges.should start on March 8, 2020.
Nyimba made the ruling on Wednesday at the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court, when Bushiri, his wife appeared.
Lawyer representing the Bushiris, Mr Wapona Kita says they are “gratified” that they have agreed with the State that the couple should be “summoned” instead of being “arrested” as indicated in the documents filed.
The Bushiris fled South Africa last November days after they were granted bail in a fraud and money laundering case of about R102 million (about K4.2 billion).
As part of their bail conditions, they were also barred from travelling outside the country and were told to visit only two provinces.
But Bushiri said he fled back to his native country to engage Malawian authorities to intervene in his situation, adding he cannot get a fair trial in South Africa.
The Bushiris forfeited their R5.5 million (about K269.9 million) property at Midstream Estate in Centurion, South Africa following their bail violation.