World Cup suspects in special South African courts

08:00, June 22, 2010      

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Special courts set up in South Africa to deal swiftly with crimes related to the FIFA World Cup continued their impressive form on Monday as six men who allegedly robbed a Chilean supporter appeared in a such a court in Nelspruit in South Africa's Mpumalanga province.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Leonard Hlathi said the case was postponed to Friday for trial. According to the South African Press Association (SAPA), the men allegedly robbed the Pine Inn hotel in White River of 4,000 rands (533 U.S. dollars).

They also held up 33-year-old Sergio Divona at gunpoint, before fleeing with his shoes and cellphone on June 6.

SAPA reported that Divona, who was not in court on Monday, and whose team was playing in far away Port Elizabeth, was expected to testify against the men on Friday.

The court is swift in South African terms, earning praise from the media and public. In Johannesburg's Citizen newspaper a correspondent said the special court system should be retained after the FIFA World Cup which ends on July 11.


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