The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has set September 11, 2023 as a day it will deliver a ruling in case where Prophet Shepherd Bushiri want the court to permanently dismiss South Africa’s extradition request.
Bushiri’s lawyer in his submission said that the State has not as per the law aunthenticated and certified documents from South Africa to be used in the case and requested the court to dismiss such evidence arguing it is not admissible in court.
Lawyer Wapona Kita informed the court that the documents were supposed to be made under Extradition Act governed by Section 13 as earlier ruled by Justices Redson Kapindu and Bruno Kalemba.
Said Kita: “It is that specific procedure that applies and not the general law on aunthentication of documents as provided for under the Aunthentication of Documents Act. This decision has expounded the manner in which such documents may be aunthenticated for purposes of committal proceedings for extradition.”
The State, through Senior State Advocate from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Dziko Malunda, however argue that documents were authenticated using applicable and relevant laws.
Bushiri and his wife escaped from South Africa where they were answering a money laundering case in 2020.