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The prosecution in Malawi wants fugitive Vincent Murekezi who was convicted for genocide in Rwanda in 1994 to answer corruption charges in a 2008 case he was involved in the country before his extradition.

This was known in the Malawi capital Lilongwe on Monday as the extradition trial for the man wanted for genocide and war crimes by the Rwandan government continued at the magistrates’ court.

Senior Assistant State Advocate Steve Kayuni told the Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court Murekezi jumped bail in a corruption case and went into hiding in Zimbabwe.

“A warrant of arrest has already been issued today (Tuesday) and we are discussing with the Malawi Revenue Authority as well as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to prosecute him,” said Kayuni.

He said the prosecution saw it wise to disclose the matter to the court considering that the corruption case will affect Murekezi’s extradition.

Defense lawyer Gift Katundu objected, wondering why the corruption case has resurfaced while Murekezi is facing extradition, saying the police would have arrested the genocide convict sometime back.

Senior Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa said it was in order for the defense to disclose the matter in court.

 “It is the duty of the police to arrest any criminal suspect, at any time,” said Magistrate Chirwa.

On the issue of extraditing Murekezi to Rwanda, the court has given the state 21 days to conclude its preparation to start the process in court.

Senior Resident Magistrate Chirwa said the state needs enough time to prepare for the processes considering that Murekezi’s extradition involves laws of two different nations, Malawi and Rwanda.

Earlier, Kayuni proposed to be given 21 days saying laws of the two nations are totally different on issues of extradition hence the need to put things in order but the defense said it was way too long.

‘’We propose 7 days,” said Defense Lawyer Kayuni.

When leaving court premises Murekezi looked calm and at one point was heard saying “God is good.”

Murekezi is being remanded at Maula Prison in Lilongwe. His arrest followed a series of investigative stories Zodiak aired a month ago, questioning why Malawi was hosting a genocide convict.

Murekezi holds a Malawian passport after he had successfully applied for citizenship in Malawi.

There have been protests by activists pressuring government to extradite the genocide convict.