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Home Affairs to probe illegal deportation of Bots man

The court found three officials infringed upon Edwin Samotse’s fundamental rights to life and dignity.

FILE: The Department of Home Affairs has been ordered to implement standard operating procedures to prevent any further illegal deportations. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has ordered the Department of Home Affairs to conduct a full investigation into the illegal deportation of a man to Botswana.

Murder accused Edwin Samotse was handed over to Botswana police earlier this month despite a High Court ruling that he could not be extradited.He might face the death penalty if convicted.

Lawyers for Human Rights approached the court in a bid to compel the department to find Samotse and seek assurances that he wouldn't face capital punishment.

Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann ordered the department to implement standard operating procedures to prevent any further illegal deportations.

The court found the three officials infringed upon Samotse's fundamental rights to life and dignity.

Bertelsmann said the trio could now face a charge of attempted murder for the unlawful exposure of the Botswana man to the death penalty.

The judge further noted that Samotse was denied access to consult lawyers before being hastily deported.

Lawyers for Human Rights say court orders are not enough and the department must find practical ways to implement the orders and officials need to understand their meaning and requirements.

The department has committed itself to speaking to its Botswana counterparts and report back to the court by the middle of next month.

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