Judge chides State over recusal proceedings


The State's application for the recusal of High Court judge Zein Kebonang from presiding over a case in which former Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Isaac Kgosi is battling to regain his guns in the hands of the State has hit a brick wall.

The application was after Justice Kebonang was allocated the case following the Court of Appeal (CoA) judgment that remitted it back to the High Court to be heard by a new judge.

The Attorney General (AG) has filed a recusal application against Justice Kebonang in a case in which Kgosi wants his guns back citing among others that he was criminally charged together with former president Ian Khama and others. In the grounds of appeal, the State requested for recusal saying that Justice Kebonang's brother, former Member of Parliament for Lobatse, Sadique Kebonang was a personal friend of Kgosi and had deposed to affidavits in favour of him (Kgosi) in matters before other courts.

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