Masilo AWOL from court

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Thabo Masilo did not show up at the Village Magistrate as expected yesterday because he feared public scrutiny.

Masilo was expected to appear before court yesterday morning but after leaving the prison services buildings he refused to be transported to the court because police had not allowed him to cover his face. Masilo allegedly claimed fear of unsolicited photography from the media and allegations of abuse by Botswana Prison and Police Service officials.

Masilo’s attorney Kgosietsile Ngakaagae told court that Masilo had been used as a symbol of crime by the media. “Masilo is the only prisoner who is not allowed to cover his face outside court. This is wrong because he has the right to cover himself,” he said.

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