Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Appeals court berates DIS for abusing processes in Khama case

The Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Peter Magosi and his agency got more than they bargained for after the Court of Appeal disregarded their notices of withdrawal of appeals against former President Ian Khama.  

Giving reasons why the Court did not entertain the notices of withdrawals, Justice Isaac Lesetedi of the Court of Appeal tore into the DIS’s attempts to “frustrate” the functions and duties of the Court. 

In his ruling (with three judges concurring), Lesetedi was critical about how the DIS sought “to preemptively withdraw the appeal in order to frustrate the pronouncement of not only the outcome but also the reasons which the court bases its decision upon and the consequences such a judicial pronouncement may carry.” 

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