The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa has reserved his ruling to Tuesday, next week on whether South African witnesses in the Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Extradition Case must physically appear in the Court or they must appear through video conferencing, as requested by the State.
The adjournment comes after Magistrate Chirwa heard arguments and counter arguments from both the State through Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP), Steven Kayuni and Defence Lead Lawyer, Wapona Kita.
DPP Kayuni argued before the Court that the witnesses must appear before the court through the video conferencing owing to Covid-19 pandemic.
On the other hand, Bushiri lawyer, Kita trashed off the State’s plea saying the court sessions have been going on despite the pandemic, therefore, it is an insult for the State to give such excuse.
Speaking after the court proceedings, Prophet Bushiri said both Malawi State and her counterpart, South Africa, have been prolonging his trial after witnesses have been failing to show up in courts.
The State according to Kayuni, is expected to parade over 10 witnesses.
Several Bushiri’s supporters gathered outside the court premises to give support to the Man of God.
Bushiri and his wife Mary are wanted in South Africa to answer fraud, money laundering and rape charges after they escaped bail last year in that country.