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Another delay for the Boeremag trial

29th November 2003

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The Boeremag treason trial was yesterday adjourned yet again - this time so that the defence could continue with its study of about 800 pages of a so-called secret informer file.

The documents were handed to defence counsel after senior counsel for the police, Bert Bam, studied the file and concluded that the defence was entitled to certain of the documents.

Yesterday he said if the defence wanted access to further documents in the file - including documents that had direct bearing on the police's informant systems and the protection of an informer and his information - a proper written application must be launched.

The police initially opposed any access to the file, compiled on the strength of information supplied by police spy Johannes Coenrad Smit, who claimed to have infiltrated the Boeremag's inner circle while secretly reporting to a police handler.

The defence launched an application for access to the file when it appeared that Smit's statement and evidence had been compiled out of reports written by Smit's police handler.

After complaints earlier this week that certain of the accused were still exposed to the elements because of broken windows in their cells at Pretoria's Local prison, prosecutor Paul Fick said Correctional Services were in the process of fixing all broken windows at the jail.

They had to start on the lower floors and were working their way up to the floors housing the accused, he said.

The trial will continue on Wednesday. – Sapa.
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