- The Lilongwe Magistrate's Court in Malawi has ruled against the arrest of Shepherd and Mary Bushiri
- This comes after the state made a formal request to have the pair arrested by asking for a warrant from the court to take them into custody
- The court has said that the couple will be expected to appear in court by a summons and not after an arrest
The Lilongwe Magistrate's Court of Malawi has declined a request made by the state to issue a warrant for the arrest of Malawian controversial church leaders Shepherd and Mary Bushiri on Wednesday this week.
The reason for the magistrate's decision, according to reports, is that the couple will need to appear in court after being summoned and not arrested, as per the initial ruling that was made by the court last year.
The controversial church leaders fled South Africa last year after receiving bail. The pair were arrested on charges of theft, money laundering, and fraud amounting to over $7 million late last year.
They fled to their home country only a day after receiving bail from a Pretoria court. Shortly after that they explained in a lengthy Facebook post that fled because they feared for their lives also adding that they were not concerned about their assets that were being kept by the state.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Shepherd Bushiri is once again in the spotlight, this time after a vehicle belonging to the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church was intercepted at the Zimbabwean border.
A 35-year-old suspect is set to appear in the Musina Magistrate's Court after being placed under arrest at the Beitbridge border. The arrest was made by the Hawks division, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s (DPCI) Serious Organised Crime Investigation.
A statement released by the body revealed that a transported had been stopped with a total of six passengers. When the vehicle was checked it was discovered that it indeed belonged to the church founded by Bushiri. The statement noted that the occupants had declared they were on the way to a conference in Malawi.
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