Lawyer’s sickness delays clemency application for death row convict

gerald_dubeAn application for clemency by a death row inmate Gerald Dube (pictured) is yet to be finalised because his lawyer is on sick leave.

The lawyer, Ookeditse Maphakwane told Mmegi that the application is in the pipeline but it got delayed by his prolonged sick leave. The lawyer was expected to make a formal application to the Clemency Board after Court of Appeal dismissed the case brought by the Zimbabwean national.

Two weeks ago, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Francistown High Court, which found Dube guilty on all four counts of murder and sent him to the gallows. Dube is said to have murdered Francistown-based Zimbabwean lawyer and his cousin Patricia Majoko, 37, her two children, Dumisani and Amotjilani (then seven and five old respectively) and her maid Lindiwe Ncube, 40, in September 2001.

The Botswana human rights body – DITSHWANELO has said the last execution took place in Botswana on April 1, 2006. There are no official statistics on executions done in Botswana.

Mmegi Online

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