Malawian murder suspect Misozi Chanthunya who is fighting extradition in South Africa has lodged an appeal to the South African Supreme Court against a ruling made by the South African North West High Court in Mafikeng.
The Malawian business tycoon was arrested on January 23, 2012 by International Police (Interpol) in Rustenburg, South Africa where he had been hiding after being on the run for about a year.
But he appealed to High Court against his extradition but was thrown out.
He has a last chance saloon at the Supreme Court.
Malawi’s Ministry of Justice spokesperson Apoche Itimu confirmed about Chanthunya’a appeal bid.
“Yes, Misozi Chanthunya has appealed to the Supreme court of South Africa challenging his extradition,” Itimu said.
Chanthunya is accused of gruesomely killing his pregnant Zimbabwean girlfriend, Linda Gasa, in September 2010.
Late Gasa, a student at the Malawi College of Accountancy, was found entombed in Chanthunya’s private cottage at Monkey Bay, Mangochi where it is reported that the two went to discuss the pregnancy issue which Chanthunya wanted her to abort but Gasa declined.
Since his mysterious ‘escape’ in Malawi, Chanthunya had been reportedly co-habiting with a Malawian woman in South Africa until his arrest.
His mate, 22-year-old Ria Evans, was also arrested and repatriated to Malawi.
At some point, Chanthunya’s escape was linked to former President Bingu wa Mutharika’s daughter, Duwa, who was accused of having played a hand for his fleeing.
Chanthunya was married to Prudence Leboa, a South African business lady with whom he had two children. But she closed her several businesses before returning to her country immediately after her husband bolted.
Malawi’s former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika assured South African authorities that murder suspect Misozi Chanthunya would not face the death penalty if he were extradited to Malawi, a court ruling on Chanthunya’s extradition has revealedFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :