Swaziland Turns Tables on Chief Justice

Controversial Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi has long been accused of abusing power in flagrant defiance of the law and judicial propriety, both in Swaziland and his native Lesotho. Now he is the one in the dock after Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini fired the justice minister and arrest warrants were issued for Ramodibedi and his judicial allies.

  • Swaziland:   Justice Minister, Judges Face Charges in Court

    Swazi Media, 22 April 2015

    Two Swaziland High Court judges, the fired Minister of Justice and the High Court Registrar appeared in Mbabane Magistrates Court on Tuesday (21 April 2015) on various charges… Read more »

  • Swaziland:   Police Arrest Swazi Judges

    Swazi Media, 21 April 2015

    Swaziland High Court Judge Mpendulo Simelane and Judge Jacobus Annandale were both arrested Monday (20 April 2015) by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and officers from the… Read more »

  • Swaziland:   Swazi Minister of Justice Arrested

    Swazi Media, 20 April 2015

    Swaziland's Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Sibusiso Shongwe was arrested on Monday (20 April 2015), days after arrest warrants were issued against the kingdom's… Read more »

  • Swaziland:   Arrest Warrant for Chief Justice

    Swazi Media, 18 April 2015

    A warrant for the arrest of Swaziland's Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi on 23 charges including abuse of power has been issued, according to reports in a newspaper owned by King… Read more »

  • Swaziland:   Chief Justice Not Yet Arrested - Clarification

    Swazi Media, 21 April 2015

    CLARIFICATION (21 April 2015) Information received from Swaziland indicated that the CJ was still holed up in his house but that Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister… Read more »

  • Swaziland:   New Justice Minister's Contempt

    Swazi Media, 22 April 2015

    Edgar Hillary, the former Swaziland Commissioner of Police who was appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on Tuesday (21 April 2015) in the wake of a judicial… Read more »

  • Swaziland:   Chief Justice Has History of Abuse of Power

    Swazi Media, 19 April 2015

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Swaziland's Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi on 23 charges, including abuse of power. Read more »

  • Swaziland:   Swaziland Abandons Rule of Law

    OSISA, 29 September 2011

    King Mswati III has made his views about the rule of law crystal clear - there is no place for such a concept in his absolute monarchy. Read more »

Swazi lawyers protesting outside the High Court against Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi (file photo).

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