Swazi journalist to spend Christmas in jail after judge denies bail‏
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Swazi journalist to spend Christmas in jail after judge denies bail‏

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert December 6 2014 Respected journalist Bheki Makhubu was refused bail by controversial judge Mpendulo Simelane at Swaziland’s High Court on December 5 2014. “I find that the applicant has woefully failed to convincingly establish the requisite exceptional circumstances to warrant his release on bail pending appeal,” said Simelane reading his ruling … Continue reading

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Trial of jailed Swazi editor and lawyer comes to an end – no date set for ruling

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 4 2014 “The marathon trial of The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko ended yesterday, nearly 115 days after their first arrest,” reported the Times of Swaziland. Makhubu and Maseko have been in jail for 106 days as the trial played out. Both men were charged … Continue reading

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Judiciary not independent in Swaziland, chief justice should be in the dock – say lawyers for jailed writers

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 3 2014 Yesterday in Swaziland’s high court lawyers for jailed writers “declared that the country’s judiciary is not independent and lacks authority”, reported the Swazi Observer. The lawyers for journalist Bheki Makhubu and columnist Thulani Maseko — who have been detained for over 100 days as their high profile case plays out … Continue reading

Swazi appeal court overturns 2013 contempt conviction against Bheki Makhubu
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Swazi appeal court overturns 2013 contempt conviction against Bheki Makhubu

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 1, 2014 An appeal court in Swaziland on Friday 30 May set aside a criminal contempt of court ruling against Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine. In the same ruling, the appeal court reduced the penalty relating to another contempt charge faced by Makhubu and the magazine. Read more in the … Continue reading

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Continued incarceration for respected journalist and lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 15 2014 Another week in jail for journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane refuses to remove himself from the case. Defence lawyers argued that Simelane cannot be objective because he is a subject of criticism in the opinion articles that have landed Makhubu and Maseko in … Continue reading

‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer
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‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 28 2014 “Accused persons, stand up accused persons. You will further remain in custody until April 9th.” These were the parting words of Swaziland high court judge Mpendulo Simelane as he ordered journalist Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko back into detention for another seven days. Before the hearing … Continue reading

‘No evidence at all that the applicant is a flight risk’ – Bhantshana gets bail
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‘No evidence at all that the applicant is a flight risk’ – Bhantshana gets bail

MISA-Swaziland | Alert January 24 2014 “This court has a Constitutional duty to dispense justice without fear or favour … Justice must not only be done, it must also be seen to be done.” These are the words of High Court Judge Bheki Maphalala as he granted bail to Swaziland’s chief government vehicle inspector Bhantshana … Continue reading