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Arrest, release, repeat: A timeline of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko's case

The timeline below is an example of what legal labyrinths can open up when someone speaks out against the Swazi government and the justice system itself

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It's been over a month since Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko were first arrested. Makhubu, Editor-in-Chief of The Nation magazine and Maseko, a prominent human rights lawyer, were detained and charged with contempt of court after publishing two separate articles that criticised Swaziland's judiciary in the February 2014 issue of The Nation.

Today – after weeks of being detained and released numerous times – the trial of the two outspoken government critics resumed, presided over by one of the very judges that their articles denounced.

The timeline below is not just a chronology of the events surrounding Maseko and Makhubu's case; it is also an example of what legal labyrinths can open up when someone speaks out against the Swazi government and the justice system itself.

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