Petersen wants more info on charges

The trial of Najwa Petersen, accused of murdering her entertainer husband Taliep, has been delayed yet again - this time by a clash over how much information she needs about the charges she faces.

The trial of Najwa Petersen, accused of murdering her entertainer husband Taliep, has been delayed yet again - this time by a clash over how much information she needs about the charges she faces.

The case resumed in the Cape high court yesterday, but judge Siraj Desai sat for less than two hours before postponing it to tomorrow.

Petersen's advocate, Klaus von Lieres, told the judge that the further particulars the state had supplied were not "reasonably sufficient" for her to understand the case against her.

One of the issues was the state's claim of common purpose in the killing - it claims she hired her co-accused as hitmen - and the other was the conspiracy alleged in the alternative to the main count.

There was legal authority that the state should set out what act each person was said to have committed.

The defence wanted to know when and where each of the accused joined the alleged conspiracy, and what their roles were, and why the state had not given this information.

"The accused is entitled to clear particulars and not vague and confusing particulars," Von Lieres said.

He said an accused could not gaze into a crystal ball for clarity. - Sapa

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