Bushiri couple released following 'illegal' arrest in Malawi

Bushiri couple released following 'illegal' arrest in Malawi

- Self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have reportedly been released from police custody in Malawi

- The Bushiris applied for bail in the Lilongwe Magistrate's Court after handing themselves over to police on Wednesday, 18 November

- According to a report and a Facebook post by the Bushiris, the magistrate ruled that their arrest had been 'illegal'

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Controversial religious leaders Shepherd and Mary Bushiri have reportedly been released from police custody in Malawi. The fugitive couple handed themselves over to authorities in their home country on Wednesday.

The Bushiris reportedly also applied for bail at the Lilongwe Magistrate's Court in Malawi. According to a Facebook post by the self-proclaimed prophet, the magistrate ordered that the couple should be released unconditionally as their arrest had been 'illegal'.

Bushiri's post continued on to say that the magistrate also ruled that whenever there is a case against the couple, they should appear before the court after being summoned and not by arrest.

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IA: Bushiri pair released following 'illegal' arrest Export
The Bushiris have been released following an 'illegal' arrest. Source: Prophet Shepherd Bushiri / Facebook
Source: Facebook

A report by eNCA stated that the couple would be released with immediate effect. Take a look at Shepherd's Facebook post below:

Briefly.co.za previously reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out about the ongoing Bushiri drama. According to reports, Ramaphosa has referred to the Bushiris' ever-growing media coverage as "concerning".

Shepherd and his wife Mary have been under the watchful eyes of dozens of media publications ever since the news that they had managed to defraud some of the congregation members of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church of hundreds and thousands of rands.

According to eNCA, Ramaphosa is also expecting a report on their escape following the Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi's explanation on the couple and their five passports each. SA had this to say about Ramaphosa's "concern":

@Undlunkulu_Xoli said:

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"So when are the Hawks arresting Ramaphosa for failing to exercise oversight?!"

@mudzu_thabe said:

"He will definitely get answers when South Africans take to the streets to defend their country. He has failed us."

@Sibahle_GP said:

"President opens up borders and international flights and the first person to benefit from it is none other than Bushiri... This was planned. Maybe it's conspiracy theory."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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