Media Advisory: Swazi Court to Hear Bail Application of Detained Lawyer and Magazine Editor

Salc : Staff Writer

Mbabane – On Tuesday 25 March 2014, the High Court in Mbabane will hear the bail applications of Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu, who have been charged with contempt of court.

The charges relate to two articles published in The Nation magazine that criticised the handling of the arrest and detention of government vehicle inspector Bhantshana Gwebu. Maseko and Makhubu were arrested on 17 and 18 March respectively. The two have been kept in detention at the Sidwashini Remand Centre since appearing in chambers before Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi on 18 March. Makhubu initially applied for bail in the High Court last Friday but was remanded back into custody after the State indicated its intention to oppose bail.

What: Bail application in contempt of court case

Where: Mbabane High Court, Mbabane

When: 09:00, Tuesday 25th March 2014

“It is important that Maseko and Makhubu’s rights as accused persons are respected in this case”, said Nicole Fritz, SALC Executive Director. “SALC will be in court, along with representatives from a number of other regional and international organisations, to observe the bail application proceedings.”

Further info: Nicole Fritz, SALC Executive Director, NicoleF@salc.org.za, +27 82 600 1028

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