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Breytenbach defends deleting laptop info

The suspended prosecutor said she knew that information was backed up on the NPA’s server.

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing resumed on Wednesday at the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) headquarters in Pretoria. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

SILVERTON - Suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach on Monday said she knew that information she deleted off her laptop was backed up on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s server.

Breytenbach is being cross-examined in her disciplinary hearing in Silverton, Pretoria.

The senior prosecutor was suspended last year for her handling of a mining rights case.

She claims the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) suspended her to stop her from prosecuting controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

Breytenbach was also accused of refusing to hand over her laptop and for allegedly deleting evidence.

She defended herself against allegations that she did not know her laptop was backed up.

"I had a very good idea of the back-up system. I backed up my computer from November 25, when I was told that (the NPA) was investigating me until March 2, when I took the computer.

"I made no attempt to destroy the evidence on it. I could have thrown the computer in the river or (I could do) anything I liked with it."

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