Man deported illegally tracked down

Edwin Samotse was handed over to Botswana police despite a High Court ruling that he could not be extradited.

FILE: The South African government had asked for an assurance that Samotse would not face the death penalty if he was extradited. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Human Rights says it's been able to locate a Botswana national who was illegally deported to his home country by two Department of Home Affairs officials.

Edwin Samotse, who is accused of murder, was being held at the Polokwane police station while the Botswana government sought his extradition.

The South African government had asked for an assurance that Samotse would not face the death penalty if he was extradited.

However, he was returned to his country without the guarantee.

The two Home Affairs officials have since been suspended.

The organisation's David Cote said Samotse is still awaiting trial.

"We have been able to verify that he is being held in prison and he is still awaiting trial so he has not yet been convicted."