Malawi Police have issued a warrant of arrest against Joyce Banda, the former president for “abuse of office and money laundering”
In issuing the arrest warrant, Malawi’s police said they have “unearthed credible evidence” in connection with the $250m (£190m) cashgate corruption scandal which “raises reasonable suspicion that the former president committed offences relating to abuse of office and money laundering”.
Mrs Banda is outside the country and the police have said they will ask Interpol for help in getting her to come home, a journalist has tweeted.
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Cashgate is the biggest financial scandal in Malawi’s history and involved the loss of some $250m of state money.
Officials were accused of siphoning off the funds during the presidency of Mrs Banda.
Mrs Banda has not commented on the allegations against her.