Hurdles as State ponders Khama extradition


For a man who is currently facing criminal charges, former president Ian Khama has surprisingly little to fear, possibly because he understands the obstacles that Botswana might face in attempting to extradite him.

The former president is currently in a self-imposed exile in South Africa (SA). Last month, Khama was charged with 14 offences becoming the first former president in Botswana to be charged with criminal offences. Khama has been charged with criminal offences, which include amongst others, unlawful possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, procuring the registration of a firearm by false pretence, aiding and abetting unlawful possession of a firearm and ownership of a firearm not registered in accordance with the Arms and Ammunition Act of 2018.

He was supposed to appear before the Broadhurst Regional Court this past Monday but as expected, he was a no show. Khama’s court absence has since pushed the State to consider an extradition request.

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