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Malawi has said calls from the international community will not force the Malawi government to release Tanzanian spies who were arrested in Karonga last December.

The police have said the eight Tanzanians broke Malawian laws and as a result they will be punished accordingly.

“The eight Tanzanians were arrested for transpassing at Kayerekera mining without any permission what so ever and the courts are to decide their fate not the police, ” said Karonga police deputy spokesperson, George Mlewa.

He added that the eight were charged with criminal transpass.

“May be we have to remind the international community that what the culprits did is against the laws of Malawi.

“Their motives for being found around Kayerekera mining are known to themselves, but in Malawi such acts are punishable by law because they interfere with our internal security,” he said, adding:

“They will soon be taken to court and Tanzania must wait for the courts decision.”

Reports revealed that the eight wanted find out whether Malawi was producing nuclear weapons or not.

Recently, a human rights organisation from Belgium called; Frontline Defenders appealed to Malawi to have the Tanzanians released.

According to the Frontline Defenders, the eight are not spies but human rights advocates.

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