Ev­ery­body de­serves a fair trial

The Citizen (KZN) - - LETTERS -

Ijoin fel­low South Africans in com­mend­ing the law en­force­ment agen­cies on the ar­rest of sus­pects in­volved with a fa­tal at­tack at a KwaZulu-Natal place of prayer and the place­ment of sev­eral ex­plo­sive de­vices at var­i­ous Dur­ban shop­ping cen­tres.

I thank them for their ef­forts to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of all South Africans.

Now we must al­low the rule of law and due process to take its course with­out any spec­u­la­tions, ac­cu­sa­tions and as­sump­tions.

To this end, I be­lieve it is equally im­por­tant to swiftly bring th­ese sus­pects and tri­als to court.

It is cru­cial that dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process and trial, sus­pects must have ac­cess to ef­fec­tive fair­ness and a trial with­out de­lay.

Un­nec­es­sary ad­min­is­tra­tive de­lays, as in the case of Bran­don-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, la­belled as the “Thulsie twins” ter­ror case, de­nies the ac­cused or sus­pects the right to an im­par­tial trial that in­cludes the right to a ju­di­cious and ap­pro­priLet’s ate judg­ment.

The Thulsie twins were ar­rested in July 2016, and are still in cus­tody await­ing their trial.

In the fight against crim­i­nal or ter­ror­ist of­fences, and those ar­rested, de­tained or charged, all due process must be re­spected.

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Sec­tion 35(3)(h) of the Bill of Rights guar­an­tees every­one the right to a fair trial.

I wel­come the ar­rest of the sus­pects but they must also have the right to a fair trial, within a rea­son­able pe­riod of time. We pub­lish let­ters that come with full name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber even if you want to use a pseu­do­nym. let­ters@ci­ti­zen. co.za, fax 010-492-5386 or PO Box 43069 In­dus­tria 2042

Mo­hamed Saeed

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