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Bakang and co-accused now free to travel

Publishing Date : 11 June, 2018


After six months of being trapped in one country, Bakang Seretse and co-accused, Botho Leburu and Kenneth Kerekang were on Friday released by Gaborone Regional Magistrate, Christopher Gabanagae to travel the world freely.

The ruling follows an application by Bakang Seretse’s attorney, Kgosietsile Ngakaagae in March that the trio’s bail conditions be relaxed and they be allowed to cross the border. The trio was last year arraigned before a magistrate court on charges of money laundering, and was subsequently deprived of their passports. They were alleged to have, between the 5th of September 2017 and the 27th of November 2017 in Gaborone, received over P250 million from the National Petroleum Fund (NPF).

In his ruling, Regional Magistrate Gabanagae ordered that, “the accused persons should be given their passports back whenever they need to travel outside the country. And they will often surrender the travel documents when they return.” He further gave the state 14 days to regularise the seizure of the accused person’s properties, stressing that he understood the complexity of the case and that investigations may take longer. “But, the constitutional rights of the accused persons must be upheld including being tried within reasonable time,'' said the Regional Magistrate.

The defence attorneys, Ngakaagae and Dick Bayford told the magistrate that their clients’ constitutional rights to a fair trial were being violated as they have been arrested for a long period without being afforded a chance to plea. They decried that despite the prosecution’s undertaking three months ago that they would have completed the investigations by now, “they are not in a position to render a substantial position on the matter today,” said Bayford. The prosecution team then asked to be given another three months to see how their investigations go.



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