Malawi Police arrest Asian for blackmail, issuing death threats

Malawi 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

National Police deputy spokesperson Kelvin Maigwa said police got complaints from people, especially foreigners visiting Malawi, that they were receiving death threats from unknown people.

Police said they searched Hanif’s house where  they found the Immigration Department stamp and Indian Hemp. There were also many pay-as-you-go phone SIM cards suspected to have been used in the blackmail.

“When police invaded Hanif’s home, we found him with a lot of phone SIM Cards, Immigration Department stamps and Visa application forms of India,” said Maigwa.

“ We also found a chamba tree in his compound which he was cultivating,” he added.

According to Maigwa, police investigations are still underway.

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