Justice department won't contest Derby-Lewis medical parole

2015-06-05 16:27
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Cape Town - The Department of Justice announced on Friday it will not contest a court order granting Clive Derby-Lewis medical parole, according to reports.

eNCA reported that the justice department will comply to the order by the High Court in Pretoria.

Derby–Lewis is serving a life imprisonment sentence after being jailed in connection to the 1993 murder of SA Communist Party leader, Chris Hani.

Last week Judge Selby Baqwa overturned Justice Minister Michael Masutha's ruling to deny the ailing Derby-Lewis parole.

The 79-year-old is dying from lung cancer. The disease was detected last year while he was being treated after being stabbed in prison.

Delivering his judgement, Baqwa said he had found flaws in Masutha's review of Derby-Lewis's medical parole application.

This included Masutha's views that Derby-Lewis had not expressed remorse for his part in the murder of SA Communist Party leader, Chris Hani.

During the hearing, in an effort to show that Derby-Lewis had shown remorse, his lawyer said there had been an invitation to Hani's widow, Limpho, to visit him in hospital for a face-to-face apology. She had not taken up the offer.

Read more on:    clive derby-lewis  |  pretoria  |  prisons

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