Saturday, January 23, 2021

Botswana seeks permission to prosecute extradited suspect

The Botswana government has written to the South African government, seeking permission to prosecute an extradited suspect.

It has come to the attention of Botswana Police that the recently extradited Nkosinathi Moyo so far has about 70 pending criminal cases that he is expected to face.
Moyo, however, cannot be prosecuted until the South African authorities give the green light because he was extradited from South Africa to face charges of car theft only.

Detective Senior Superintendent Lazarus Moalosi at the Criminal Investigation Department head office in Gaborone told The Sunday Standard that Moyo was among the most wanted criminal suspects, wanted in Botswana for several criminal offences that he is linked to.

Moalosi said the suspect was extradited from South Africa sometime last month but, during police investigations, it came out that Moyo has a series of cases that are still pending.

He said while he was being tried at the Gaborone Village Magistrate Court it emerged that Moyo was wanted by various police stations throughout the country and accused of crimes that range from attempted murder, armed robberies as well as burglaries.
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“We were obliged to follow extradition procedures in which the suspect cannot be criminally charged until some legal procedures are followed between Botswana and South Africa,” he said

He further said that although Moyo was convicted and declared a Prohibited Immigrant, he is still held in custody under the Immigration Act.

The case prosecutor from the Directorate of Public Prosecution, Priscilla Israel, was not available for comment at the time of going to press.

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