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Malawi ex-minister Kasambara jailed for conspiracy to murder

Raphael Kasambara pictured in 2012 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Raphael Kasambara first became attorney general in 2004

Malawi's ex-justice minister has been given a 13-year jail term for conspiracy to murder a civil servant, in a crime believed to be linked to a multi-million dollar corruption ring.

Raphael Kasambara was sentenced for his role in the attempted murder of ex-National Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo.

Mr Mphwiyo's shooting in 2013 is believed to have exposed Malawi's worst financial scandal, known as "cashgate".

Up to $250m (£150m) was estimated to have been lost in the fraud.

The money was lost through allegedly fraudulent payments to businessmen for services that never materialised.

The systematic plundering of public resources occurred between 2012 and 2014 during the administration of then-President Joyce Banda,

Malawi's donors then withheld $150m following the scandal's disclosure.

Kasambara suggested after his conviction last month that he would appeal the verdict.

Mr Mphwiyo, who was the budget director in the finance ministry, was flown to South Africa for medical treatment after he was shot.

He recovered and testified at Kasambara's trial.

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