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Monday, July 31, 2017

Malawi issues arrest warrant for former president over graft scandal

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi has issued a capture warrant for its previous President Joyce Banda over asserted manhandle of office and illegal tax avoidance offenses over a two-year time frame when she was in office, a police representative said on Monday.

        Malawi's President Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York,
September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Banda's representative denied any wrongdoing.
The charged offenses were a piece of a more extensive debasement embarrassment revealed in 2013, in which senior government office siphoned a large number of dollars from state coffers, national police representative James Kadadzera said.

Examinations by police's monetary and misrepresentation division had "uncovered believable proof" against Banda, he said.

"The proof assembled raises sensible doubt that the previous President conferred offenses identified with mishandle of office and tax evasion. The warrant of capture is in compel and essential legitimate conventions are being sought after," Kadadzera said in an announcement.

Banda, who was Malawi's leader for a long time from 2012, left the nation when she lost in decisions to officeholder Peter Mutharika and has not returned since 2014.

It is not clear where she is presently.
Banda's representative Andekuche Chanthunya said he didn't know about the capture summons, however said the previous president was not liable of anything. "As far as we are concerned she has not done anything incorrectly," he said.

The debasement outrage, named "cashgate", prompted worldwide contributors ending help toward the southern African country.

A previous equity pastor and lawyer general was indicted over "cashgate" and is in prison, alongside various previous high-positioning government authorities and business people.


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