Fugitives Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary’s extradition hearing is set to begin on the 8th of March.
The couple appeared in the Lilongwe Magistrate’s court, in Malawi, today after a warrant for their arrest was issued.
In December, the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services, confirmed that the extradition request for the Bushiris had been duly served in terms of Article 6 of the SADC Protocol
on extradition as well Article 10 of the Extradition Agreement Between the Government of Malawi and Republic of South Africa entered in terms of the Republic of South Africa Extradition Act No 67 of 1962 as amended.
This was after the couple fled the country for Malawi, while out on bail , facing charges of fraud, theft and money laundering.
“Given our sound and healthy diplomatic, strategic and political relationship, and our common citizenship of the SADC Community, we are convinced that the Republic of Malawi will honour the letter and spirit of every provision of their International and regional obligations,” said Minister Ronald Lamola
According to Times 360 Malawi, Director of Public Prosecutions Steve Kayuni and lawyer Wapona Kita, who is representing the couple, have agreed not to arrest but to summon the two fugitives as they comply with the previous ruling of the court and Extradition Act.
South Africa wants the Bushiris extradited to face charges of theft, fraud, forgery and three counts of rape. The couple fled from Gauteng in November last year, claiming they would not get fair trial in South Africa.