22 April 2014

Swaziland: Arrest, Release, Repeat - An Interactive Timeline of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko's Case in Swaziland

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Court gavel.

It's been over a month since Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko were first arrested. Makhubu, Editor-in-Chief of The Nation magazine and Maseko, a prominent human rights lawyer, were detained and charged with contempt of court after publishing two separate articles that criticised Swaziland's judiciary in the February 2014 issue of The Nation.

Today - after weeks of being detained and released numerous times - the trial of the two outspoken government critics resumed, presided over by one of the very judges that their articles denounced.

The timeline below is not just a chronology of the events surrounding Maseko and Makhubu's case; it is also an example of what legal labyrinths can open up when someone speaks out against the Swazi government and the justice system itself.

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