Tuesday, 02 June 2009 23:37

ANC MP fails in bid to delay Travelgate trial

Written by Paul Bedford
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Senior ANC MP Nyami Booi has failed in his bid to get the start of his Travelgate trial delayed. Cape High Court Judge lee Bozalek rejected Booi's urgent application to delay the start of his trial shortly before 7pm this evening.

Booi's trial was scheduled to start on Monday morning but his attorney, Mario Wilker, told magistrate Michelle Adams that he was withdrawing as he was not being paid. Adams refused to let him step down and Wilker then asked for a two week postponement to prepare. The magistrate granted a one day delay.

This morning Wilker told the magistrate he needed time to sit with Booi to prepare an urgent application for a high court review of her actions.When Adams denied the request Wilker, followed by Booi, walked out of the court. Adams adjoured the court and summoned both Wilker and prosecutor Jannie van Vuuren to her office.

Once Adams returned to the bench she granted a postponement of "one further day" to allow Wilker to bring the application. "If there's a repetition of what happened this morning the court will take stern steps against you and your client," she said.

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