| JUST IN | Malawi court docket dismisses Bushiris’ application for Justice of the Peace’s recusal

Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary.

Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary.

  • The Bushiris beget misplaced their repeat to beget Magistrate Patrick Chirwa recused from their extradition hearing in Malawi.
  • The pair is wished in South Africa in connection with a fraud and cash laundering case.
  • Their licensed respectable now wants the court docket to take care of the case as a civil proceeding now not a prison one.

The Justice of the Peace’s court docket in Lilongwe, Malawi, has disregarded a repeat by self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary Bushiri, for the recusal of the presiding officer within the pair’s extradition hearing.

Magistrate Patrick Chirwa acknowledged there were no ample grounds for a recusal.

This after the defence made an application on behalf of the Bushiris for Chirwa’s recusal on Monday afternoon, arguing the case used to be moved from the earlier Justice of the Peace, Viva Nyimba, to Chirwa, with out alerting them.

News24 earlier reported that Bushiri’s licensed respectable, Wapona Kita, used to be in a position to proceed with the hearing final Monday nonetheless then learnt that the Justice of the Peace who signed the second warrant of arrest for the Bushiris might well per chance be presiding over the case.

Kita argued there might well per chance be a “bias on the share of the Justice of the Peace”, whose dedication they were tough.

That warrant of arrest is being challenged individually within the High Court docket of Malawi.

When the Justice of the Peace dominated against the application for recusal, the extradition hearing used to be supposed to birth up nonetheless used to be met with one other lengthen.

“It’s a ways an true dedication and as we had argued that’s what the legislation is on this nation and we’re grateful that the dedication has been made and that the topic proceeds,” Director of Public Prosecution Steve Kayuni quick the media after lawsuits.

Bushiri’s licensed respectable, amongst other things, disputed the court docket’s ogle that the extradition lawsuits were a civil topic and never prison ones.

The Direct objected and argued the case used to be a prison proceeding, arguing that “we mediate that the methodology that extradition lawsuits are premised, these ones came on prison lawsuits”.

READ | Prolong in Bushiri extradition hearing after licensed respectable asks for recusal of Justice of the Peace

The Bushiris are wished in South Africa in connection with a fraud and cash laundering case, allegedly to the tune of R102 million.They, nonetheless, fled the nation to their fatherland correct about a days after the Pretoria Central Magistrate’s Court docket granted them bail of R200 000 every below strict conditions.

The extradition hearing used to be supposed to birth up and be finalised on 8 March nonetheless has been met with delays since this date.

The case is due lend a hand in court docket next Monday.

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