Swazi students’ explosives case postponed again

The case of Maxwell Dlamini, Secretary General of the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), and former student leader Musa Ngubeni was postponed yet again Wednesday.

The case was supposed to have been concluded with the prosecutor’s final cross-examination of witnesses. But instead the he formally withdrew from the case, the third prosecutor to do so, citing ”own work commitments”, according to a SWAYOCO statement.

Maxwell Dlamini and Musa Ngubeni were abducted and tortured by Swazi security forces before a democracy rally in 2011. They were subsequently charged with possession of explosives, allegations they both deny, but released on bail in 2012 after the international Free Maxwell Dlamini-campaign had called for their release.

Swaziland’s democratic movement and neutral observers of the case claim that the real reason for the many postponements, prosecutor withdrawels, and other discrepancies is the fact that the prosecution have produced no credible evidence against Dlamini and Ngubeni, and are merely stalling to inconvenience them as much as possible.

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