Prison rights' group slams leader’s conviction

2008-07-07 00:00

THE SA Prisoners’ Organisation For Human Rights (Sapohr) has rejected the guilty verdict against its president, Golden Miles Bhudu.

He was found guilty on Friday for helping an Israeli, who was in the country illegally, to escape from custody. He was convicted with three other people who were present during the escape.

In a media statement, Sapohr said the guilty verdict “smacks of conspiracy and a plot to silence our outspoken president against incompetence and corruption by certain officials within our criminal justice system”.

The organisation conceded that Bhudu was at the Leeukop prison and that he followed the vehicle that was supposed to transfer the Israeli to Lindela Repartriation Centre.

Bhudu and his three co-accused are facing 10 years in jail each.

Saphor will lodge an appeal on August 18.

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