Monday, March 01, 2004

This is worth watching. A judge in Namibia has come under fierce criticism for holding that 13 Caprivi treason suspects who were illegally brought into the country must be released, with one of his accusers making the nonsensical claim that judges should act according to the "expectations of the majority" (if so, why let courts, as opposed to legislatures, handle human rights issues?). I'm less concerned about the fact that the judge was criticised -- the allegations emanated from fairly lowly sources: a Swapo youth leader and a Deputy-Minister -- than the fact that the individuals have been re-arrested. If so, have they been brought before a court, charged, and with what offence? I will try to follow this up.


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