Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Woman Wins Appeal In Boeremag Case

A woman who was convicted for helping two alleged Boeremag members won an appeal against her conviction Thursday.

Bess Bogaards and her husband Jaco were found guilty in June 2008 of hiding two suspected Boeremag members on their farm in Modimolle (previously Nylstroom). She was sentenced to two years in prison, which was suspended for five years.

The High Court in Pretoria repealed her sentence Thursday, saying the state did not prove she knew her husband allowed Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws to hide in a riverbed on their farm from May 2006 to January 2007.

The two men were hiding after escaping from custody during their trial in the High Court.

Jaco Bogaards had his sentence confirmed by the High Court on Thursday, but he was given leave to appeal.

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