Police: Boeremag plotting jail break

2011-07-14 22:24

Pretoria - The accused in the Boeremag treason trial should remain in chains because they are planning another escape, police told the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

Five of the incarcerated Boeremag accused staged a violent escape attempt at the court during a tea break in May.

They used a mixture of red pepper, ammonia and thinners smuggled into court in nose spray and tooth paste containers.

One of them tried to disarm a policeman in court and another managed to make it to Church Square, where he was caught with the help of a car guard.

No more privileges

Since then all of the accused have had to appear in court in leg irons.

Privileges, such as contact visits with their families, receiving food parcels at court on Fridays and being able to consult with their lawyers in court, have all been withdrawn.

Where their cells were previously only locked at 22:00, they are now confined to their cells for 19 hours a day.

Six of the accused - brothers Johan, Wilhelm and Kobus, Adriaan van Wyk, Dirk Hanekom and Andre du Toit - applied for an urgent court order on Thursday to have their leg irons removed when they are in court and to have their privileges restored.

Their advocate, Chris de Jager SC, argued that six had not taken part in the escape attempts and that Hanekom had in fact been lying ill in a court cell downstairs during the escape bid.

He said the six were being punished for something they did not do on speculation that they might still do it.

Defence: Violation of rights

De Jager argued that the leg irons were a serious violation of the accused's constitutionally entrenched right to human dignity.

His clients' rights were removed forthwith without even consultation with them or their legal representatives or giving them a chance to object.

According to De Jager, the leg irons had little effect because five of the other accused tried to escape despite the leg irons and the presence of about 20 police officers in and outside the court.

Jaco Roux, for the police, argued that the leg irons were justified and necessary under the circumstances.

He said the escape had been violent and the police were still investigating who were involved.

Accused in local Pretoria prison

He submitted that there were several intelligence reports indicating that another escape had already been planned or was being planned and the six accused could not be excluded from these plans.

Police had a duty to take all precautions necessary to prevent another escape, he said.

Counsel for Correctional Services said the accused had been moved to Pretoria local prison because of renovations at C-Max.

They would have to wait until the renovations had been completed in 2012 before they could get their privileges back.

He said the facilities at the local prison did not allow for their cells to remain open until 22:00 at night and it would also be bad for discipline in the prison to allow them such a privilege.

Judge Roger Claassen reserved judgment.

  • Benzo - 2011-07-14 22:59

    These guys have been "on trial" for years. I would also become impatient! If prosecution cannot make a solid case, the guys should be out on bail. If judge cannot make a decision or ask the right question, he should be replaced. All this while convicted Shaik is playing golf while almost dying some years ago, Jub JUb is trying all trics in the book.............and and and

      msendi - 2011-07-14 23:29

      Some men are more equal than the others… Remember!!!

      apie - 2011-07-15 07:42

      WTF are these old white men still doing in jail 10 years later? The state obviously have no case. Why will the International Human Rights Commission do nothing about this? Is it because they are white?

      Mad Hatter - 2011-07-15 10:29

      Why no legal council in court ?

      Eric West - 2011-07-15 11:15

      Justice delayed is justice denied ... unless you are an Afrikaner?

  • chris - 2011-07-14 23:46

    sorry... first gotta sign another lease...

  • jock - 2011-07-15 00:01

    you reckon the jails are so secure.How come so many criminals escape?

  • EuropeanAfrican - 2011-07-15 00:26

    The new South Africa... where the real criminals run the country and the Afrikaner is outlawed.

  • afrdick - 2011-07-15 01:55

    weet die owerhede waarmee hulle besig is? i'm not a member of the Boeremag, but i'm a Boer. my temper is rising and many more things are starting to hapen here in my heart. gaan aan, ek is g@tvol en julle gaan bars!!!

      steven - 2011-07-15 03:16

      you are not alone

      Azizi - 2011-07-15 07:57

      What a dick.

      Krush - 2011-07-15 08:33

      If the afrikaans nation had to stand up and stand together the ANC would shake in their pink boots.

      Azizi - 2011-07-15 08:49

      Why Krush is that how the Zionists do it???

      Nunya - 2011-07-15 11:58

      Yes traitors, your time is running out....go line up against the wall..

  • tommy 2 - 2011-07-15 03:43

    These clowns, never learn................................... maybe they are waiting for their volk, to come and rescue them via horseback.......................

      kolobe - 2011-07-15 07:37

      lol these idiots could never escape after being stopped by a car guard

      Daffy - 2011-07-15 07:53

      yeah, then they will trek to their promised land...somewhere in their tiny little minds

      Azizi - 2011-07-15 08:50

      Sometimes we have samp and beans.

      Verbatim - 2011-07-15 09:20

      Barend...waars jy nou. Kan jou goeie mik en vinnig herlaai gebruik.

      World Traveler - 2011-07-15 09:22

      The car guard must be from Zimbabwe! The locals would not have stopped that AWB bod.

      Azizi - 2011-07-15 09:43

      World Traveler traveling the world has really enlightened you.

      Nunya - 2011-07-15 11:59

      Azizi...what you having...a bacon sarmie??

      Azizi - 2011-07-15 13:53

      Yes Nunya bacon on dry bread.

  • Egg-Zachary - 2011-07-15 07:39

    Pity our police officers don't secure black prisoners the way they watch these white guys hey? - 2011-07-15 11:52

      Thats because the black prisoners, who rape, murder, torture and do much worse...get bail and freed after a short lil sentence..if they get sentenced at all.

  • melchiedek - 2011-07-15 08:28

    increase those chains hulle gaan nerens

  • WolfSkin - 2011-07-15 08:44

    A wounded lion once lied under a tree in the African sun while hyenas circled him daily. Everyday they would bite and scratch at him while laughing at the pleasure they gained from messing with him. But with time that wound healed and the lion’s strength returned until that fateful day when the lion got up and ripped the hyenas apart.

      letswai - 2011-07-15 08:55

      keep on wishing.and lion. lol fell of chair. just made my day

      WolfSkin - 2011-07-15 09:15

      Glad to be of service.

      mamakalami - 2011-07-15 09:41

      Wolfskin - did the lion lie cause it was wounded or did it lie cause it was a liar? Your bad spelling has changed the story!

      Ak - 2011-07-15 10:26

      You watch a lot of movies, or should I say Gladiator...!! WHo is the wounded lion here anyway...??

      WolfSkin - 2011-07-15 10:33

      I humbly apologize for the fact that i made a spelling mistake. Read into the story whatever pleases you. If it takes you on the road to debate then feel free to do so but take note of the meaning.

      WolfSkin - 2011-07-15 11:43

      Ak - I would like to help you out here. The movie that you should be looking for in Mr Video is in fact Pool hall Junkies not Gladiator and the source is not as important as the message it carries. - 2011-07-15 11:54

      wolfskin.... its still appropriate for this article. i enjoyed that

  • Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-07-15 08:50

    "De Jager argued that the leg irons were a serious violation of the accused's constitutionally entrenched right to human dignity " Funny that their legal rep should use this kind of argument in favour of the people who do not recognise the very same constitution that they seek to invoke in their application . Smack of double standards

      factsforlive - 2011-07-15 09:32

      double standards? like a corrupt uneducated terrorist rapist president!

  • Hugh - 2011-07-15 09:03

    What a childish bunch. Some of you lot act like kids. The fact remains that if the police have hard and fast evidence then they should go ahead with the court case. 10 years is more than long enough to put a case together. Note how the courts are using apartheid laws that were said to be inhuman by the ANC. Never has a treason / sabotage case taken so long to get to court. Justice delayed is Justice denied. tehn note that all have been in effect charged with escape even though the police have no peeof. Note too that this is precident inasmuch that from here on out whole jail cells of prisoners can be classed as aiding and abetting a jail break and therfore should be treated the same.

      david - 2011-07-15 10:39

      Is the evidence as good as that in the arms deal? Is the evidence as good as that against cheryl cwele? Is the evidence as good as that of the 783 charges against zooma? Is the evidence as good as that against robert mcbride?

  • World Traveler - 2011-07-15 09:23

    Send them to Robben Island! Let them rot there for 17 years!

      nws - 2011-07-15 10:32

      world traveler F 21 3 K YOU

  • 50something - 2011-07-15 10:03

    It is indeed sad to read these comments - from both perspectives. We are such a devided society, we are more racist than ever. Both sides (and I call it "sides" to illustrate my point), has fought for liberation - The Afrikaner from the English and the blacks from apartheid. Both endured huge losses measured in terms of life and material assets - and neither is perpared to compromise in an effort to build a non-racial SA and maintain the powerhouse of Africa. Despite the ANC's freedom charter and all that Mandela stood for, the present governmemt is not prepared to let go of the "struggle" which it had won in 1989 already. It is not able to deliver to it's people what they promised. The Uptopia is gone and with it the Rainbow nation. Is history going to repeat itself in this country?

      Doublepost - 2011-07-15 13:03

      First of all, you are so wrong it's not even funny. You forget that the Afrikaner and other Whites gave up the ENTIRE F@CKING country to blacks. That is way and above more compromise than anything they could have given. The only "compromise" left to give now, is their livelihoods, their children's future and their own LIVES! The BOEREMAG will be released and they will have proven how low the current liberals of this world are. How disgusting and sick liberals are! They will bring into the open the liberals complete and utter double standards, their lack of realistic understanding, their HATRED OF WHITES and their lack of morals. The current generation of liberals, the world over, will be despised for eternity, the amount of damage they have caused will reverberate through history like a 10 point earthquake on the Richter scale! Liberals have absolutely nothing to be proud of, they worship a terrorist, greed and sex! That is it! They have no love in their hearts, they truly don't understand the love one can feel for your own nation of people, without having to hate others. They think love for your own is RACISM and to be stomped on at every opportunity. As said before, they are sick, they suffer from a sickness where the only cure is a good violent WAKE UP CALL!

      penada - 2011-07-15 14:55

      wow doublepost, you do sound a like a that brain overheating?

  • Tired - 2011-07-15 10:04

    If the police could be as tough on the real criminals and murders of this country as they are on these boeremag guys SA would be a better place to live. But typical they white and needs the whole police force to watch them?

  • Sean - 2011-07-15 10:15

    Human rights abuses.These guys are prisoners of war.So the government can expect no better treatment of its own combatants in a battle scenario.

      penada - 2011-07-15 14:56

      prisoners of war....? how old are you buddy?

  • Sean - 2011-07-15 10:22

    Its no longer about a VOLK. I am not an Afrikaner.Just a pissed off white. This government came to power fighting for a land they wanted and had evrything to gain.That was their motivation.The whites are fighting because they have nothing left to lose-THAT, is a much more formidable enemy.

  • nws - 2011-07-15 10:27

    what happened to the saying innocent until proven guilty is just plain racism they get locked up but what about jub jub he killed children and is still a free man soon my brothers will see the day light and feel the wind in there hair it only a mater of time the wheel is starting to build momentum we will be free of the maxis anc rule

  • david - 2011-07-15 10:36

    Oh shame the poor police must have nothing better to do than worry about these few guys ... 10 years and the state STILL cannot prove anything other than it's own incompetance.

  • Met - 2011-07-15 10:54

    Violent??? By SA standards, what they have done is nothing.In SA we clearly have two justice systems

  • Johnny - 2011-07-15 15:06

    funny how this case resurfaces everytime just before some elections, let them go or sentence them, just get on with it they are wasting valuble tax rands that we pay

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