Bushiri case: Appeal against release ruling in Malawi postponed after objections from lawyers

Shepherd Bushiri and his spouse Mary.

Shepherd Bushiri through Facebook

  • The Malawi State’s attraction of the decrease courtroom ruling that launched the Bushiris has been postponed.
  • This is to permit for the courtroom to listen to preliminary objections from the defence crew.
  • The matter might be heard on 14 December. 

The listening to of the Malawi State’s attraction of the decrease courtroom ruling that led to the speedy release of self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his spouse Mary, has been postponed.

“Yes, I can confirm, we have raised preliminary objections to do with the jurisdiction of the court to hear criminal review of what we consider as a civil matter,” the Bushiris’ lawyer, Wapona Kita, advised News24 on Tuesday.

A High Court in Lilongwe was set to listen to the Malawi State prosecutor’s attraction of the decrease courtroom ruling that discovered, amongst different issues, that their arrests by the Malawi Police Service have been illegal as a result of it was not channelled via the Ministry of Homeland Security, News24 reported.

READ | Malawi courtroom orders the speedy release of the Bushiris, says lawyer

This adopted the Bushiris handing themselves over to the Lilongwe police after a discover was issued by Interpol Pretoria. This discover got here after the couple lately fled South Africa, breaking their bail situations in a fraud and money laundering case earlier than the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, News24 reported.

Their bail had since been revoked and their Centurion property was forfeited to the State after the pair have been a no-show in the South African decrease courtroom.

The Bushiris and their co-accused Landiwe Ntlokwana, Zethu Mudolo and Willie Mudolo are going through costs of theft, fraud and money laundering in reference to an funding scheme to the alleged tune of R102 million.

News24 additionally reported that the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks got two weeks to finalise the formal extradition request, in accordance with Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola in an earlier report.

ALSO READ | NPA, Hawks to finalise formal extradition request for Bushiris

The matter in Malawi has been postponed to 14 December 2020.

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