Mokone back in court Jan. 26
Dick Bayford, the lawyer representing Sunday Standard Editor, Outsa Mokone, on Friday requested Broadhurst Magistrate not to continue the case against his client pending the finalisation of the appeal case.
Mokone is accused of publishing a seditious story contrary to section 50 of the penal code. Senior reporter, Edgar Tshimane who is now living in self-exile in South Africa, wrote the story and later fled the country after receiving reports that his life was in danger from security personnel.
Bayford said the case should not continue because the appeal case could render the case ineffective. Giving bail conditions, Magistrate Ngandu said Mokone should not commit any criminal offence and that he should appear in all court appearances. The state lawyer, Wesson Manchwe had earlier requested that the charge sheet be read to Mokone and the plea reserved.
The two accused persons Tsodilo Printers (PTY) LTD, trading as Sunday Standard represented by Mokone and GTsimane(not before the court) are accused of acting in common purpose on 31st August 2014 with “intent to bring into contempt” the person of the President of Botswana, Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama by publishing a “seditious” and false story that Khama had been involved in a road traffic accident driving “on a private escapade on the night of Saturday.” Mokone is expected to appear again before the same Magistrate on January 26th.