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Two more people may stand trial in Betty Ketani murder case

The NPA says it’s pursuing the extradition of two suspects mentioned in a confession letter.

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JOHANNESBURG - With convictions secured in the Betty Ketani murder trial, some of the focus now shifts back onto the possible extradition of further suspects from Australia.

This afternoon, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) described the two-year trial as a “landmark case” that will help develop South Africa’s law.

On Wednesday, three men were convicted of murdering Ketani 17 years ago in a case detailed in a hidden confession discovered under a carpet.

The NPA’s statement mentions the possibility that prosecutors will now try bring two further suspects to face trial in South Africa.

One of the men mentioned in the confession and the daughter of the former owner of a restaurant where Ketani worked now lives in Australia. 

Prosecutor Herman Broodryk would not elaborate on the extraditions, but thanked his team for two years of hard work.

“I can’t perform if my team doesn’t; and they did perform. We all took some blows, but we pulled it through.  ”

The guilty verdicts handed down this week are likely to bolster efforts to extradite the remaining suspects.

JUSTICE FOR BETTY RESULT OF PROSECUTORS’ COMMITMENT

The NPA has commended prosecutors Herman Broodryk and Namika Kowlas for their commitment and selfless service.

Shortly after judgment was delivered on Wednesday, Broodryk told Eyewitness News this was the most difficult case of his 34-year career.

“There were moments of doubt, but we remained confident in our case throughout.”

The trial ran for two full years, and involved DNA evidence, handwriting analysis and three accused who turned State witness. 

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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