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By unknown | Sep 26, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

A South African national has been arrested in Swaziland in connection with the bombing of the premises of the Swazi Observer newspaper last Saturday.

It is alleged that the suspect, Amos Mbedzi, 44, from Khubvi village in Venda, Limpopo, was part of a group of bombers who set out to destroy the newspaper's offices because they believed it published articles which were pro-government.

The newspaper reported that Mbedzi survived the bomb blast and allegedly revealed to police that they were targeting several buildings at Lozitha Bridge.

According to reports, the blast killed a lawyer, Musa Dlamini, 37, and an unidentified Asian national.

It is alleged that Mbedzi told police they were targeting the Elections and Boundaries Commission.

Mbedzi appeared briefly in the Manzini magistrate's court on Tuesday to face four charges relating to the bombings.

Mbedzi and a Johannesburg man are alleged to have contravened the arms and ammunition act, which states that a person in possession of arms and ammunition should have a licence.

Members of Swaziland trade unions were arrested while protesting against King Mswati II's autocratic rule.

The protests targeted his birthday celebrations a few weeks ago.


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