Swaziland’s suspended Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi is to appeal three rulings by the Swazi High Court that allowed a hearing to investigate his alleged abuse of power to go ahead.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) heard and concluded a hearing in Ramodibedi’s absence on Tuesday (9 June 2015). It will now make a report to King Mswati III, the absolute monarch in Swaziland, before a verdict is reached.
The three judgments under review include one issued by the full bench of the High Court that consisted of Judges Qinisile Mabuza, Mbutfo Mamba and Mumcy Dlamini where Ramodibedi wanted them to recuse themselves from hearing his matter.
A second ruling dismissed Ramodibedi’s claim that the JSC was wrong to hear the case against him.
A third ruling concerned the judgment by Justice Mamba, in which Ramodibedi wanted the High Court to set aside his warrant of arrest.
No date has been set for the Supreme Court hearing.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed an urgent application at the Swaziland High Court to reinstate an arrest warrant that was issued against Ramodibedi in April 2015, but later rescinded.
The hearing is expected to take place on Friday (12 June 2015).
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