Boeremag irregularity application expected

2013-02-06 07:32
Two Boeremag members (Picture: Alet Pretorius)

Two Boeremag members (Picture: Alet Pretorius)

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Pretoria - Some of the Boeremag members found guilty of high treason are expected to make an application for a special court entry of an irregularity when they appear in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

If such an irregularity is found, on appeal, to have materially prejudiced them, their convictions could be set aside.

An entry of this nature will not prevent the court from continuing to hear their evidence in mitigation of sentence.

Attorney Paul Kruger said previously that an affidavit by former intelligence officer Captain Deon Loots and several other statements had already been prepared.

Kruger was asked to investigate after Rapport published two articles in October quoting Loots as having said police spies planted evidence and enticed Boeremag members to commit crimes.

Loots also alleged that crime intelligence eavesdropped on conversations between the Boeremag accused and their legal representatives while they were in custody.

The court has found 20 members of the far-rightwing Boeremag guilty of high treason for plotting to violently overthrow the ANC government.

Five of them were also found guilty of negligently causing the death of Soweto mother Claudia Mokone in a bomb explosion and of conspiring to murder former president Nelson Mandela with a homemade bomb.
- SAPA
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