Former Blantyre chief resident magistrate David Kadwa is one of the 230 prisoners who have been pardoned by President Peter Mutharika recently, prison officials have confirmed.
Kadwa was serving a two-year term following his arrest in March 2006 on allegations of bribery, extortion and abuse of office.
According to a prison record Weekend Nation has seen, Kadwa’s committal date was October 9 2014 and he was due for release on February 8 2016.
Malawi Prisons Service acting Chief Commissioner Litto Mtengano confirmed in a telephone interview on Thursday that Kadwa is among the pardoned prisoners.
“Kadwa has indeed been pardoned on medical grounds. He is a Malawian and he is entitled to being pardoned just like any other Malawian prisoner,” said Mtengano.
Kadwa was convicted of soliciting K500 000 (about $737) as an inducement to take over a case from a fellow magistrate; accepting K150 000 as a reward for influencing a court decision and directing an accounts assistant to issue a K1 million (about $1 475) cheque as bail refund before a case was concluded