Asians in blackmailing probe – Malawi Police

Malawi Police in commercial capital Blantyre are investigating claims that two Asians are allegedly blackmailing members of the Asian Business Community, Nyasa Times understands.

Asian businesses are reported to have complained that a Malawian of Asian origin has been phoning around intimidating them with arrest threats as and blackmailing that he has connections with State House where he will seek their amnesty from prosecution.

One of the extortion suspect is former sports administrator (name withheld as he has not been given a right to be heard. A phone call to him on Sunday was answered by a brother who said the owner of the phone was in South Africa on a business trip).

Police also said the suspect is linked to another probe of trafficking sex workers from South Africa to Malawi on a prostitution ring.

Maigwa: Police investigating

X-rated images obtained by Nyasa Times depicts some of the prostitutes with Asians at a party in Blantyre on October 25.

National Police deputy spokesperson Kelvin Maigwa said police treat instances of blackmail very seriously.

Recently, Police in Lilongwe have arrested a Malawian of Asian origin, Muhamad Hanif, for allegedly blackmailing people following reports that wealthy businesspersons mostly of Asian origin have been issued with threats of having their children kidnapped.

According to Maigwa, the claims of extortion will be thoroughly investigated.

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