Bushiri extradition: Malawi High Court to deliver judgment on SA witness attendance

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Prophet Shephard Bushiri. Photo: Frennie Shivambu/ Gallo Images
Prophet Shephard Bushiri. Photo: Frennie Shivambu/ Gallo Images

The Malawi High Court is expected to give a ruling on Tuesday in a challenge to a magistrate's decision to have South African witnesses testify in person in the extradition hearing of self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary.

News24 has seen the notice of delivery, which is dated 4 February 2022.

Although the Bushiris' main extradition hearing is enrolled in the Lilongwe Magistrate's Court in Malawi, the High Court rule on a an application to review the magistrate's decision on the appearance of the South African witnesses.

The magistrate ordered that they should attend court in person, rather than testify virtually, but the Malawian State disagrees and wants the decision reviewed and set aside.

News24 has learnt that judgment on this aspect will be given on Tuesday.

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The matter is expected to return to the Magistrate's Court afterwards.

The Bushiris fled the country to their homeland of Malawi in November 2020, just a few days after the Pretoria Central Magistrate's Court granted them R200 000 bail each.

At the time, News24 reported that Bushiri said he was not running away from any trial he faced, but left to seek intervention from the Malawian government because he did not feel safe in South Africa. 

The couple is wanted in South Africa on allegations of fraud and money laundering to the tune of R102 million.


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