Malawi extradite runaway Rwandan genonide suspect Murekezi

Malawi government has extradited  convicted businessperson and Rwandan fugitive Vincent Murekezi to his native land.

Convict Murekezi transferred from Malawi prison service and received by Rwanda Correctional service authority.

The Rwandan is wanted to serve jail sentence for the role he played in the bloody 1994 genocide for which he was tried in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment. He fled to Malawi in 2003.

An application to have Murekezi extradited was initially dismissed by the Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court before the State revived the matter after Malawi and Rwanda signed an extradition treaty.

In September last year, High Court judge Ruth Chinangwa ruled in favour of Murekezi that the matter was suitable for judicial review in that the court would have to determine the applicable law for the extradition process and determine the applicable process of extradition.

Murekezi is the first fugitive to be extradited from Malawi after the two countries signed an extradition treaty in February 2017.

A wealthy businessman, Murekezi has been living in Malawi for over 15 years and acquired the  Malawian citizenship in 2003.

His arrest in December 2016 was preceded by an uproar from members of the civil society in the southern African country, where it was alleged that Murekezi was peddling influence to evade arrest.

Murekezi was  serving a five-year sentence after the Lilongwe Principal Resident Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of corruption for evading K2.2 million duty with his company, Sofamu Limited in 2007.

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Austin
Austin
2 years ago

Very Sad to note that he has been extradited. According to a good number of His fellow Rwandans I have interacted with, it seems Mulekezi participated not in the said genocide, But that politically their country, with Kagame their leader who is a Criminologist by professional, have been following and pressing very hard on the Run away refugees especially those doing well in other countries yet they do not support his undemocratic Ruler-ship. The issue of Mulekezi is kind of sensitive, I suggest. I suspect some political agreement between these two countries. However I would like to remind all with… Read more »

limango
2 years ago

Mfiti iwe pita kwanu ukaphe anthu a kwanu komweko. devil Kapolo .what next? you will be dead.

GALINYA
GALINYA
2 years ago

Koma penapake mkuluyu ndi okanika, He played a role in Genocide and kubwera kuno kumathawanso Tax…..khalidwe alibe

Nagama
2 years ago

How many Criminals are in our country?
Azipita kwawo nde bwino.

Kingmfumu
Kingmfumu
2 years ago

I commend our Judiciary System for having made the right call. aChewa, amati, mlandu suuola.

To Mr. Murekezi, I wish you the very best, and trust that the Judiciary System in your Country, will give you the opportunity to be heard, assuming that this fundamental right, is still available to you. At the end of the day, it is a matter between you, and your Creator.

Kudos to our Judiciary System.

Shack
Shack
2 years ago

So he moved to Malawi in 2003 and acquired Malawi citizenship the same year? What kind of corrupt immigration policy is that? Malawians we sell our country because those working for the government are primitive, corrupt and poor. Malawian passport is the only easy passport to obtain in the whole Southern Africa because of primitive immigration officers!

muonosile
muonosile
2 years ago
Reply to  Shack

Sure, primitive and greedy too

Bullshit
Bullshit
2 years ago
Reply to  Shack

Ntchito za Uladi Mussa

chitima
chitima
2 years ago
Reply to  Bullshit

koma ndiye ntchito za Uladi Mussa ..2019 ati BOMA…aaaah zausilu

Chimwemwe
2 years ago
Reply to  Shack

That’s the Malawi for you selling our own country!

Emarire vava
Emarire vava
2 years ago
Reply to  Shack

Uladi Mussa system

Bystander
Bystander
2 years ago
Reply to  Shack

This is what makes our population skyrocket. It’s just these foreigners who are blowing up the figures. I bet the bulk of refugees, asylum seekers and fugitives who enter Malawi, including tourists, are already bonafide citizens of Malawi.

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