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Prosecution Of Political Crimes After The TRC

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This chapter documents the prosecutions arising out of and connected with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that have been initiated since the conclusion of its work. It describes the various special units within the prosecutorial service, which were established for this purpose. The chapter focuses on two types of crimes: those for which amnesty has been applied but was refused or those for which amnesty was not applied at all. Wouter Basson's defence argued that the conspiracy to commit crimes abroad would according to the definition of the crime itself not constitute a criminal offence, even if this conspiracy took place in South Africa. The chapter concerns proceedings that were conducted and initiated by the regional prosecution authorities independent of any central or special units in Pretoria. It discusses the Eugene Terre'Blanche case, contains descriptions of prosecutions that were instituted and conducted by the special Priority Crimes Litigation Unit.

Keywords: Eugene Terre'Blanche case; political crimes; post-TRC prosecutions; priority crimes litigation unit; truth and reconciliation commission (TRC); Wouter Basson case



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