New York, April 10, 2014--Swaziland police on Wednesday re-arrested veteran
editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko three days after they
had been released from prison, according to news reports. The two, who were first jailed on March 18 and held until Sunday, had written articles that
criticized Swaziland's chief justice, the reports said.
On Wednesday, High Court Judge Mpendulo Simelane issued new arrest warrants for Makhubu, editor of the independent newsmagazine The Nation, and Maseko, alleging that the two had failed to heed an April 1 court order to appear before him, the state-run Swazi Observer reported. Makhubu and Maseko appeared at the High Court in the capital, Mbabane, today, and were sent back to prison pending a court date on April 14, according to the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, a regional human rights group.