Judgment reserved in Boeremag trial

2013-08-08 21:07
Deon Loots (Picture: Beeld)

Deon Loots (Picture: Beeld)

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Pretoria - The Boeremag treason trial accused will soon have to start stating their case on sentencing before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Judge Eben Jordaan reserved judgment on Thursday until the end of next week in their application for a special entry on the court record that an irregularity took place, resulting in a miscarriage of justice.

The application is aimed at getting a lever to use on appeal against the 20 accused's convictions on a charge of treason.

The convictions arise from a rightwing coup plot in the late 1990s and early 2000s to overthrow the ANC.

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.

Retired police crime intelligence agent Captain Deon Loots, who was once the handler of one of the chief State witnesses in the treason trial, JC Smit, earlier testified that crime intelligence had encouraged rightwingers to become more militant.

He said Smit had been provided with training and explosives so he could train people to make and plant bombs. According to Loots, the police bugged the Boeremag accused's cells and consulting rooms during the trial.

Contradictions in evidence

Loots's former wife, Colonel Miranda Loots, his former brother-in-law, and Loots's sister are all still members of the crime intelligence unit.

He was put on medical pension after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

On Thursday, prosecutor Paul Fick said Loots's evidence was riddled with contradictions and improbabilities.

"The truth is not terribly important to him," Fick said.

He argued that Loots had lied when he testified that the police had made changes to Document 12 (the coup planning document) to make it more offensive before informers put it "back into the system".

Evidence proved that the first versions of Document 12 had already referred to war, hit squads and sabotage, he said.

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