The Senior Resident magistrate court in Mzuzu has convicted 5 Bangladesh nationals and 1 Pakistan national on 6:September,2022 for entering into the country illegally.
The court through Northern Region Immigration Prosecutor Inspector Augustus Mulungu heard that the 6 foreigners entered in Malawi without valid Immigration permits hence Contravening Section 21(1) as read with section 37(d) of the Malawi Immigration Act.
Upon interrogated, it was unveiled that the foreigners used unchartered routes to manage entry and stay in the Malawi enroute to South Africa hence security officers arrested them at Mzokoto area in Rumphi district whilst hiding inside a van.
In his rulling, Senior Resident Magistrate Ashford Harawa sentenced each person to 2 months imprisonment with hard labour without an option of a fine. He further ordered that upon completion of the sentence, the convicts should be deported back to their original homes.
The decision to sentence the convicts to imprisonment with hard labour was arrived at bearing in mind that the convicts had time to undergo Malawi Immigration entry procedures but deliberately decided to beat the Immigration system, a malpractice posing health as well as security threats to Malawi.
The convicts are ; Md Sawon Sareng 20 years old,Md Ashikur Rahman Rabbi,22 years old, MD Arif Hossain aged 25 ,22 years old MD Yasin Molla,27 years old Mehrab Hossain Juwel all from Bangladesh, and 24 years old Muhammad Usman from Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the convicts are at Mzuzu prison serving their jail term.