Roland Rudd arrested again
MBABANE – Political activist Roland Rudd has been arrested again and appeared at the Mbabane Magistrates Court yesterday.
This comes after the man who said he would stand as surety for him, Dickson Masuku, allegedly went to the police to inform them that Rudd intended to abscond trial.
Rudd was recently admitted to E15 000 bail at the High Court after being arrested for two charges of attempted murder and three traffic offences.
He only paid E5 000 and the remainder was in the form of surety, provided by Masuku.
One of the conditions that were attached to his bail was that he should not abscond trial.
Rudd appeared before Principal Magistrate, Nondumiso Simelane, who remanded him back into custody until today, pending his committal to the High Court.
Stanley Dlamini from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who appeared for the Crown, claimed that Masuku on Monday went to the police to inform them that Rudd intended to skip trial. Your Worship, the one standing as surety is the one who went to the police to report that the accused intends to evade trial.
"It was after I was approached by the police with Rudd’s intentions that I went to the High Court to make an application for a warrant of his apprehension, which was issued on Monday," he alleged.
‘Cops intimidated Masuku’
MBABANE - Political activist Roland Rudd yesterday alleged that his surety, Dickson Masuku was intimidated by the police into recording an untruthful statement.
He alleged that the police took advantage of the fact that Masuku was illiterate. Rudd said this after he was asked by Principal Magistrate, Nondumiso Simelane whether he was objecting to the application by the prosecution to have him remanded back into custody until today. He said he was convinced that Masuku was intimidated by the police to record a statement against him.
Rudd further alleged that he had since been fired from work after the story of his arrest was published in the media.
.... activist’s bail cancelledã€€
MBABANE - The High Court has cancelled the bail granted to Roland Rudd.
Rudd, who is facing five counts, was granted E15 000 bail last week Friday. In the order of the High Court that has been attached to his charge sheet, Dickson Masuku has also been removed as his surety.
"Upon hearing the respon-dent’s surety, it is hereby directed that the bail granted in favour of John Roland Rudd (44) of Bhunya on 22 June 2012 is hereby cancel-led. Surety Dickson Masuku is hereby released from suretyship and a warrant of arrest is issued," reads part of the court order.
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