Freed accused sues govt for 300k

Dube at High Court yesterday PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Dube at High Court yesterday PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

A 28-year-old Francistown man is suing government for P300.000.00 for harassment and wrongful arrest by Police, Crime Investigation Department and Botswana Defence Force officers.

Dube was accused of murdering a woman who was found floating in a river near Monarch location in Francistown on December 25 2009. Sylvia Motsamai, who is the plaintiff’s girlfriend, has been cited as a witness.

In a lawsuit filed before Justice Dr Key Dingake of the High Court, Dube is seeking P100.000.00 compensation for wrongful arrest and P200.000.00 for malicious prosecution. The Attorney General, Botswana Police Services and the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) have been cited as respondents in the matter. Yesterday, Dube, who is represented by Unangoni Tema, told court that his wrongful murder arrest has had a detrimental effect on his life, adding that although he was granted bail his good name had been tarnished.

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