South Africa: Freeze on pardons ‘a victory’
'An interim North Gauteng High Court order freezing the granting of presidential pardons for politically motivated apartheid-era crimes was yesterday welcomed as a massive victory for freedom of expression. Judge Willie Seriti interdicted the President from granting special pardons pending the finalisation of an application either to stop the pardon process altogether, or to halt it until victims had been given an opportunity to make representations. The President was ordered to provide a coalition of victim and civil society organisations with the list of prisoners recommended for release by a multi-party Pardon Reference Group.'
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Author Organisation: The Citizen