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Lilongwe court frees Shepherd and Mary Bushiri

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Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary were “released unconditionally” from custody by a magistrate in the Malawian capital Lilongwe on Thursday afternoon.

The couple was arrested by Malawian police, acting on a warrant from Interpol after fleeing South Africa, arriving in Malawi on Wednesday.

A Malawian news publication reported, in a series of tweets, that the state had opposed the Bushiris being released on bail by the courts in Malawi as they had already skipped bail in South Africa. The state asked for them to be remanded in custody for 30 days while South Africa makes a formal extradition request.

But the defense countered that they should be released from custody.

Magistrate Viva Nyimba then ruled.

It is reported there was commotion at court as the Bushiris arrived and people had to fight their way into the courtroom.

The couple forfeited their R5.5m property at Midstream Estate in Centurion in South Africa to the state earlier on Thursday after failing to appear in court in South Africa.

They have already forfeited a combined R400,000 in bail money after slipping out of SA to avoid trial for alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth more than R100m.

The formal bail application of a co-accused in the Bushiri fraud case, Willah Mudolo, was postponed to December 3.

The matter was postponed for the continuation of Mudolo’s formal bail application and for the tracing of the Bushiri couple, said the Pretoria magistrate’s court.