Boeremag application dismissed - report

2013-08-17 11:50

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Johannesburg - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed an application by the Boeremag accused for a special entry on the court record of an irregularity during their trial, the Citizen reported on Saturday.

Judge Eben Jordaan on Friday dismissed the application by the 20 accused, who were last year convicted of treason, but said he would only give reason for his ruling at a later stage.

The application was aimed at getting a lever to use on appeal against the their convictions on a charge of treason.

The convictions arose from a rightwing coup plot in the late 1990s and early 2000s to overthrow the African National Congress-led government.

Some of the accused claimed during their trial they were soldiers engaged in a legitimate struggle for an independent Boer republic.

Their application to be declared prisoners of war was dismissed.

After their convictions, evidence was presented which they said proved that police crime intelligence had listened in on their consultations with their legal representatives at C-Max Prison and in court holding cells.

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