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A South African court postponed, for three months, a fraud and theft case against a one-time prominent anti-apartheid activist, Allan Boesak. Mr. Boesak said he is not able to pay his legal costs and the court agreed to postpone the case after the Legal Aid Board refused to pay the costs. The board says it cannot pay the fees because an anonymous donor has contributed the equivalent of US$200,000 to Mr Boesak?s defence fund. Mr. Boesak is charged with 32 counts of theft and fraud valued at US$500,000. He says the donation was made to pay for senior lawyers and that there are other costs. The legal aid board has appealed a high court ruling that it must pay the costs.
In the 1980?s, Mr. Boesak was a prominent anti-apartheid activist and cleric. He was president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches when it adopted a resolution labelling apartheid a crime against humanity. He was forced to leave his ministry and resign his position when he was involved in extra-marital affairs, one of which was exposed by South African security police in an attempt to discredit him. In 1994, he was compelled to give up an appointment as South African ambassador to the United Nations when it was revealed that funds donated to his charitable organisation, the Foundation for Peace and Justice, were missing. A special commission appointed by Deputy President Thabo Mbeki cleared him of wrongdoing, but the panel later revealed it did not have access to all relevant records.
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