Two police officers in Swaziland have appeared in court charged with demanding money from suspects in return for their freedom.
They appeared at the Manzini Magistrates Court on 14 February 2017 charged with, among other crimes, extorting money from civilians by threatening to arrest them and have their names published in newspapers.
The Times of Swaziland reported, ‘The “suspects” were warned that this would embarrass them and no matter what the outcome of the cases would be, they would already have been publicly shamed.’
The accused police officers are alleged to have taken more than E100,000 (US$7,630) from people who feared arrest. The case continues.