W.Cape magistrate fights for her son’s freedom

A Western Cape magistrate on Tuesday said she is fighting the toughest legal battle of her...

Imprisonment.Picture: Handcuff.org

A <place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Western Cape magistrate on Tuesday said she is fighting the toughest legal battle of her life.

Anne-Marie Immelman's son Arno was arrested in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Laos</country-region> a few weeks ago after he was caught sleeping in the Cambodian Ambassador's residence.

He has not been charged but is currently being held at Phantong Prison.

Immelman, who was teaching in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Thailand</country-region>, had to cross the border every month to have his visa renewed.

Immelman said her son accidentally ended up at the house after a night of partying and insisted that he is being held unlawfully.

"He hasn't been taken to court; he hasn't been in contact with his family and as far as we know he didn't get a chance to phone anybody after he was allegedly arrested," she said.