Botswana: CMC for Kenosi Fails

| July 28, 2016

The anticipated Case Management Conference (CMC) for a case involving a private journalist and the publisher of Paparazzi newspaper failed to live up to expectation as the incumbent prosecutor was indisposed.

The court, through a proxy prosecutor, therefore, agreed to postpone the matter to August 26, 2016.

Daniel Kenosi is charged with cybercrime and related crime Act. The state alleges that Kenosi, on January 06, 2015 and March 12 the same year, distributed obscene material to the public through a computer system.

He is out on bail.

The cybercrime case is a litmus test for both the court and the prosecution as cybercrime cases are fairly new in Botswana's jurisprudence.

The case is before the new Gaborone Village chief magistrate, Mr Mompati Taolo.

When both the prosecution and defence finally meet in their envisaged CMC, the parties are expected to inform the court which evidence will be admitted and that which will be challenged before setting trial dates.

In the past defence lawyer, Mr Lore Morapedi of Lore Morapedi Attorneys, has registered objections over the sluggish manner in which the prosecution and the court were treating the matter, saying it was taking a long time to go on trial.

However on June 28, 2016 the substantive prosecutor from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ms Thato Dibeela said the state was ready to proceed with trial as investigations have been concluded. However, she said the state would come with an amended charge sheet.

Source: Botswana Daily News.

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