South African Jailed Over Botched Bomb for Swazi King

South African national Amos Mbedzi, who was convicted of five charges including sedition and murder, has been sentenced to 85 years and six months in prison by the High Court in Swaziland, however, the credibility of the trial is raising several questions.

Photo: Darron Raw

King Mswati III, middle, with senior princes and warriors whilst at the annual Umhlanga Reed Dance. Amos Mbedzi's crimes allegedly occurred in the context of an attempt to place explosives under a bridge near important Swazi government and royal buildings - part of an ostensible plan by an opposition group to overthrow the current absolute monachy.

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