Ex-pres­i­dent wanted over ‘money laun­der­ing’

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Malawi has is­sued an ar­rest war­rant for its for­mer Pres­i­dent Joyce Banda over al­leged abuse of of­fice and money laun­der­ing of­fences over a two-year pe­riod when she was in of­fice, a po­lice spokesman said on Mon­day.

Banda’s spokesman de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

The al­leged of­fences were part of a wider cor­rup­tion scan­dal un­cov­ered in 2013, in which se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fice si­phoned mil­lions of dol­lars from state cof­fers, na­tional po­lice spokesman James Kadadz­era said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions by the po­lice “un­earthed cred­i­ble ev­i­dence” against Banda, he said.

“The ev­i­dence gath­ered raises rea­son­able sus­pi­cion that the for­mer Pres­i­dent com­mit­ted of­fences re­lated to abuse of of­fice and money laun­der­ing. The war­rant of ar­rest is in force and nec­es­sary le­gal for­mal­i­ties are be­ing pur­sued,” Kadadz­era said in a state­ment.

Banda, who was Malawi’s pres­i­dent for two years from 2012, left the coun­try when she lost in elec­tions to Peter Mutharika and has not re­turned since 2014.

Photo: AFP

US Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and Ge­or­gian Prime Min­is­ter Giorgi Kvirikashvili walk past Ge­or­gia's hon­our guards dur­ing a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony in Tbil­isi, Ge­or­gia yes­ter­day.

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