Prisoner boycotts court proceedings

Inmates often allege abuse by prison warders
Inmates often allege abuse by prison warders

FRANCISTOWN: The wheels of justice came to a temporary halt yesterday after prisoners on remand at the Francistown State Prison failed to attend court citing ill treatment by prison warders.

Prosecutor Archie Makgoa told Principal Magistrate Dumisani Basupi that he was constrained to continue with his case because the accused person in the matter did not come to court over claims of ill treatment meted on them by prison officials.

Mmegi learned that the prisoner’s non-appearance at court did not only affect court proceedings in Basupi’s court but was a problem that affected all the courts. Only remanded female prisoners attended their mentions as scheduled.

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