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court rejects hani killer's parole bid

By unknown | Mar 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Pertunia Ratsatsi

Pertunia Ratsatsi

Convicted murderer of SACP leader Chris Hani, Clive Derby-Lewis, had his parole bid turned down by the North Gauteng high court, previously known as the Pretoria high court, yesterday.

Derby-Lewis and Janusz Walus received death sentences for the murder of SACP leader Chris Hani.

Hani was shot and killed outside his home in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, on April 10 1993. The sentences were commuted to life imprisonment in 1995.

Derby-Lewis, pictured, who is now over 65 , has since served 15 years of his sentence.

The court said it was not in a position to place Derby-Lewis on parole. According to the judgment, the court was not in possession of the record of proceedings of the Parole Board, nor representations by Hani's widow, Limpho.

Derby-Lewis's lawyer Marius Coertze said he was shocked that the application was turned down.

"In the current political dispensation, it is impossible for a white Afrikaner like Derby-Lewis to get administrative justice. Schabir Shaik had his parole given to him on a silver platter but Derby-Lewis has fought tooth and nail but failed.

"I'm shocked that the application was turned down, I'm extremely disappointed because I expected a positive outcome. I don't understand why the application was dismissed. The hard part is that I have to go back and give him the bad news. We can appeal the decision but we have to study the judgment first."

During the application lawyers representing prison officials told the court that Derby-Lewis was not entitled to parole. His attorney earlier argued that he was entitled to parole as he was over 65 and had already served 15 years of his life sentence.


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