The Resident Magistrate Court in Lilongwe has given government three weeks to extradite a Rwandan national, Vincent Mulekezi who is wanted in his country for the crimes he committed in the Rwandan genocide.
According to the court, government has to hand over Mulekezi who was sentenced to life in prisonment in absentia in his home country.
Lawyer for concerned Malawians pushing for the extradition of Mulekezi, Oswald Mtupila said that he will follow the case until Mulekezi leaves the country to serve his sentence in Rwanda.
“He is a wanted man and government must make sure he is extradited to his home country,” he said.
However, reports from government indicate that the extradition of Mulukezi might take a longer time than the 21 days given by the court considering the fact that laws in Rwanda and Malawi are different.
Information from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution in Rwanda has indicated that Rwandan legal officers have been in contact with the Malawian government since 2009 to extradite Mulekezi, but Malawi frustrated their efforts.
During his stay in Malawi Mulekezi was given a citizenship and a passport by the Malawian government through the corrupt and porous immigration department.