State derecognises magistrate

Prosecutors in the NPF Case PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Prosecutors in the NPF Case PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

In an application heard yesterday by the Broadhurst Magistrate’s Court to have the charges against them quashed, the accused in the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) case have blamed the State for failing to comply with a court judgement which ordered the prosecution to provide them with documentation and further particulars.

Asked by the trial magistrate, Masilo Mathaka why the State had not complied with the court order, the State argued that it did not recognise the jurisdiction of the Magistrate’s Court and that the application to have the charges quashed should have been filed at the High Court.

This was notwithstanding that it was the State that filed the charges before the Magistrate’s Court and had the accused arraigned before the same court.

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