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'M&G' journos now suspects in criminal case

The Mail and Gaurdian is told they are suspects in a case laid by Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

Mail and Gaurdian Editor-In-Chief Nic Dawes. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Two journalists and the editor of Mail & Guardian were formally warned that they are suspects in a criminal case brought by Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

The spokesperson previously said documents relating to an in-camera inquiry, in which he answered questions about alleged wrongdoing, were given to the newspaper illegally.

Editor Nic Dawes, reporters Stefaans Brummer and Sam Sole were called to the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in Pretoria for a meeting on Thursday.

Dawes said it was a formal warning interview.

He said they have been charged for contravening sections of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Act, which deals with the way NPA records are handled.

The charges relate to an edition of Mail & Guardian, which had the word "censored" across the front page, after the paper received a letter from Maharaj.

He warned the paper against publishing an article about him.

TWEETS FROM THE EDITOR

@NicDawes: Sam Sole, Stefaans Brummer and I were formally warned today that we are suspects in a criminal case brought by Mac Maharaj

@NicDawes: The charges against us are contravention of the NPA act, and theft of records in relation Maharaj.

@NicDawes: Stefaans Brummer, @SamSoleZA and I were interviewed at the specialised commercial crimes unit in Pretoria.

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