Malawi murder suspect Chanthunya to be extradited, rules South Africa High Court

A South African court has supported the extradition of Malawian murder suspect, Misozi Chanthunya, throwing out his appeal against an earlier ruling,  Malawi government has confirmed.

Malawi’s Attorney General , Anthony Kamanga confirmed to Nyasa Times on Monday Chanthunya’s extradition was legal and should be enforced.

Kamanga said the Malawi asked South African government to repatriate Chanthunya to Malawi so that he can answer murder charges.

“We asked for his extradition, then there was a hearing last year, Rustenburg court ruled that Chanthunya should be extradited but he appealed against the ruling,” explained Kamanga in a telephone interview with Nyasa Times from Lilongwe.

Misozi: Murder suspect
Misozi: Murder suspect

Kamanga said the Malawi judicial officer have been informed of the ruling to allow extradition of the murder suspect.

“Yes we have that information as well,” he said when asked about the ruling/

“The judgement was delivered by High Court of North West in South Africa on Friday,” Attorney General said, adding “The High Court ordered in its view that the fugitive is extraditable,” he said.

Chanthunya will meanwhile, remain in South Africa holding centre, until the repatriation process is completed.

Kamanga said the government will swiftly work on getting him to Malawi.

The fugitive 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.

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.

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