Four white men are facing treason and terrorism charges in South Africa and are presently in police custody in a Police station in Bloemfontein in that country. It is possible that the men have been separated and are being held in different police stations, we simply do not know.
The men, Mark Trollip, Johan Prinsloo, Martin Keevy and Hein Boonzaaier, were arrested on 16th December, 2012 and, initially, their attorneys were allowed NO access to them. However, at least two of the men, possibly all four, were able to speak with their attorneys on Tuesday of this week.
We believe they will remain in police custody until 8th January, 2013, when they will be back in court.
Why are we highlighting these arrests? It is because the South African Police Service have a reputation for brutality towards those in their custody.
We have read of cases of people being tortured whilst in police custody, so to hear of white people in South Africa being “in police custody,” gives us cause for concern.
It is our intention to find out where these men are being held and, if and when we obtain this info, to communicate to the SAPS our concern about these men, thereby making it clear to the Police that we will highlight any reports of misconduct/brutality towards these men during their time in police custody.