Human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko and magazine editor, Bhekithemba Makhubu were arrested in March for publishing two articles that questioned judicial independence and integrity in Swaziland. They were convicted on contempt of court charges and sentenced to two years imprisonment after an unfair trial, The presiding judge, Mpendulo Simelane, had declared the trial would be ‘sui generis’ (outside the normal law and procedures). The sentences have been backdated to the time of the initial arrest.
Amnesty International considers Makhubu and Maseko to be prisoners of conscience who were arrested, detained and subjected to an unfair trial merely for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Read More