Attorney General wants court to vacate injunction on Murekezi extradition to Rwanda

Attorney General Kelekeni Kaphale has lodged with the High Court in Lilongwe a motion to vacate an injunction  Rwandan national Vincent Murekezi  obtained  to block his extradition.

Murekezi fights extradition – photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Lawyer for Murekezi, Wapona Kita  obtained a stay of the proceedings and also applied for a judicial review at the High Court Lilongwe registry, thereby prohibiting further hearing of the case at the magistrate’s court unless the higher court rules otherwise.

Murekezi is wanted in Rwanda for genocide- related crimes.

Senior assistant chief State advocate Steven Kayuni  said the country’ stop lawyer Kaphale has filed motion on vacating the stay.

Kayuni said the court has set May 12, 2017 as a date it will start hearing “State submissions” on the matter.

The State made a  fresh application to have Murekezi extradited after principal resident magistrate (PRM) Patrick Chilunga Chirwa dismissed the case on February 14 2017 citing non-existence of relevant and bilateral treaties as some impediments to exchanging offenders between Malawi and Rwanda.

But on February 23 2017 the two governments signed the extradition treaty, thus, compelling the State to make a fresh application.

Murekezi’s lawyer Kita argued that the treaty cannot be applied retrospectively.

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Wapona kita or whatever you are called, do you really think you should be defending a killer and call yourself a lawyer? Suppose he had killed your wife, kids, mother, father, relatives would you be doing what you are doing? Let this monster go and serve his sentence in his home country. A wapona umphawi wakubvutani. My fellow Malawians lets demonstrate that we can not tolerate such killers as this murekezi by not trying to show that we are learned lawyers. There are even better lawyers out there than the wapona type.


This Police officer’s thako is looking good in those tight pants. I also like the natural hair. You can arrest me anytime madame….

Its astonishing and at same time laughable that Murekezi case keeps on dragging.Other countries feel a shock to learn how politians in DPP gvt and other corrupt individuals act so foolishly to be playing with such serious issue by protecting a dangerous killer criminal in Malawi.We know many of you mukudyela pa ndalama za Murekezi.Zingakhale zowona dziko la Malawi ndi boma al DPP kumamverela a dangerous killer to be tussling with Gvt in a fight not to extradite him.Is Malawi his native country? This is why other countries and foreigners look down upon Malawians as dull and fools chifukwa cha… Read more »

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i wonder why malawians are so weak minded people,its more like we dont know anything in everything we do,milandu ku court imakhala more 4years adjournment after adjournment,there is too much corruption pakatikati pa the court,prosecution and some other parties,this murekezi guy is a killer,just send him back to his country,the main reason why you are doing this it is because he has money,had it been he had money this thing you call extradiction could have happened sometime back.The point is,we dont want to live with merciless people in our country,we are very united here like nowhere else in this world,tumbukans,chewas,lomwes,yaos,and… Read more »

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