Top British lawyer to help represent Judge Hlophe

2013-09-21 00:00

WESTERN Cape Judge President John Hlophe has briefed a well-known British lawyer to help represent him before the Judicial Service Commission.

When he appears before a JSC tribunal at Gold Reef City on Monday, he will be accompanied by Courtenay Griffiths QC.

The Jamaican-born Griffiths has appeared in a series of high-profile cases in several countries, including as former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor’s advocate before the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Hague.

The Hague court found Taylor guilty on all 11 charges he faced, including terrorism, murder, rape, enslavement and the use of child soldiers in the Sierra Leone civil war.

One of Hlophe’s South African legal representatives, advocate Thabani Masuku, confirmed yesterday that Griffiths had joined the team.

The JSC tribunal, under the leadership of Judge Joop Labaushagne, will deliberate over Hlophe’s alleged 2008 attempts to influence Constitutional Court judges in their decision about the admissibility of certain documents in the corruption-related proceedings against President Jacob Zuma, who was not the head of state at the time. The issue has been before the JSC for five years.

Three attempts to contact Hlophe yesterday afternoon and evening were unsuccessful.

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