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MBABANE – Registrar of the High Court Fikile Nhlabatsi has dismissed as untrue the report carried by the Swazi Observer that former Attorney General (AG) Phesheya Dlamini is facing any charges.

The Swazi Observer yesterday carried an article where it was reported that Dlamini, who is the Swaziland High Commissioner to South Africa, had been slapped with charges of  obstructing the course of justice, sedition and contempt of court and was due to appear before court next week.
“The contents of the article are not true and it is not correct that the Swaziland High Commissioner to South Africa is facing charges as alleged and we will respond to that in due course,” Nhlabatsi stated.

The registrar of the High Court emphasised that the information contained therein was not true.
Independent investigations conducted by this newspaper revealed that the former AG’s matter was erroneously included in those that were recently recalled by the High Court and it was eventually withdrawn.

According to impeccable sources, the matter was erroneously included in the over 200 old cases that were recently recalled by the High Court.
This newspaper can reveal that this matter was long withdrawn and it is not in the roll of cases to be heard at the High Court.

It was further gathered that the subpoenas were also cancelled after it was brought to the attention of the court officials that the matter was erroneously included.

The Swazi Observer, in its publication yesterday, further reported that the case was scheduled for hearing at the High Court next Tuesday and Wednesday.

It was further reported that witnesses have already been served with subpoenas, including the former AG, who is currently based at the Swaziland Embassy, Pretoria in South Africa, to appear at the High Court on the aforementioned days.

In the report by the publication it was also stated that witnesses to be paraded by the Crown include both former High Court employees and state security chiefs. The publication also cited Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi as one of the witnesses to be paraded by the Crown.

The Swazi Observer reported that the case emanates from a letter dated November 1, 2002, which the former AG had addressed to then Chief Justice Stanley Sapire, Justices Jacobus Annandale and Stanley Maphalala, who presided over a once much-publicised abduction case.

Comments (1 posted):

Nomathemba Nyanda on 22/10/2014 09:56:46
Kantsi dont you guys research and confirm your articles before publication? This is very embarrasing & irresponsible, nitawuboshwa!!

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