The conviction of former crime boss Richard Mdluli after many years of legal delays was an important vindication of the rule of law, according to Freedom Under Law. TimesLIVE reports that the Freedom Under Law welcomed the conviction by the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on Tuesday on counts of kidnapping, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and intimidation.

The group was successful in challenging decisions which would have given Mdluli impunity and kept him in his crucial post as head of police crime intelligence.

Kidnapping and assault charges filed against Mdluli in 2011, relating to the kidnapping and assault of his love rival, Oupa Ramogibe, who was killed in 1999, were initially withdrawn by Gauteng DPP Andrew Chauke.

Fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli in relation to the alleged abuse of crime intelligence secret funds were also withdrawn by former head of the NPA's Specialised Commercial Crime Unit Lawrence Mrwebi.

However, Freedom Under Law successfully reviewed the decisions to drop the charges.

'While it is unfortunate that the charges of fraud and corruption were not reinstated by the NPA, it is an important vindication of the rule of law that one of SA's most senior police officers has been held accountable for some of the crimes he has committed,' Freedom Under Law director Nicole Fritz said.

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