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Hani killer’s parole bid dismissed by high court

The application for Clive Derby-Lewis to be granted parole has been dismissed in the Pretoria High...

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The application for Clive Derby-Lewis to be granted parole has been dismissed in the Pretoria High Court.

Derby-Lewis turned to the court earlier this month after a parole board decision to release him was put on ice to allow Chris Hani’s family to have a say on the matter.

Derby-Lewis and Janusz Walus were sentenced to death for Hani’s murder in April 1993.

These sentences were commuted to life in prison, in line with the constitution.

A full bench of the high court reached a unanimous decision.

No reasons were given for the judgment and it is still unclear whether Derby-Lewis will appeal it.

The convicted killer was also ordered to pay the cost of the application which amounts to more than R1 million.

Derby-Lewis was not in court on Tuesday to hear the outcome of the application released.

His lawyers said that they would study the judgment before deciding on their next step.

The elderly killer’s bid for freedom was sparked by the Parole Board of recommendation that he be released.

Outside the courthouse, a handful of demonstrators were singing and dancing.

They obviously had not yet heard the ruling which lasted all of a minute.

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