Thu, 21 Jan 2021

Wanted self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary are set to appear in a court in Malawi later on Wednesday, lawyer Terrence Baloyi has confirmed to News24.

"They are currently waiting and are going to appear in court today, this is the start of the extradition process," he said.

This comes after the couple handed themselves over to Lilongwe police earlier in the day after a warrant of arrest was issued by Interpol Pretoria on Monday.

It is not clear yet whether the process will include an application for bail, however, spokesperson for Malawian Information and Government Minister, Gospel Kazako, said that the issue would receive fair attention.

He further emphasised that the Malawian government had no "emotions or sentiments" in the case.

"They will either appear today or tomorrow. We are trying as much as possible to do what we are obligated to [talking to the law].

"If the law decides that we extradite, then we will do so. We have no emotions or sentiments in the case, let the law take its course - as government, that is what we are saying," he told News24 on Wednesday.

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The couple recently fled South Africa, breaking strict bail conditions in a fraud and money laundering case before the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. Bail has since been revoked.

This comes after they were granted bail of R200 000 each on 4 November.

The couple, as well as Landiwe Ntlokwana, Zethu Mudolo and Willie Mudolo, are facing charges of fraud, theft and money laundering

Their arrival in Malawi on Wednesday last week was announced on Saturday by the Bushiri through his various social media platforms.

Bushiri claimed that he did not feel safe in South Africa and feared that he would not be afforded a fair trial. In addition, the fugitive also made several demands to the South African government, News24 reported.

The fraud and money laundering case continues in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday where Bushiri's co-accused Willie Mudolo will continue with his application for bail.

All accused in the matter, including the Bushiris, are due back in court on Thursday.

Source: News24

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