Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #298) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #298)
Transcript: to this day in so far as prison authorities allow it.
There was pelnty of drama in the trial. One day after the lifting of martial law and as the judges prepared to adjourn Col. Prinsloo, the country's Chief of Security Police and other top police officers, entered and sat behind the Crown team. We noticed that all the doors were also heavily guarded by the police. Suddenly a member of the prosecution team rose and made as application to have us re arrested and taken into custody on the ground that the police had received information that we intended not to stand trial and were even planning to flee. They added that on security grounds they could not disclose their source of information.
We were indignant at this foul conspiracy to throw us back into prison and were convinced that the police had received no such information. Normally in applications such as this, there is no postponement and the court must decide the matter on the spot, unless the accused are prepared to remain in custody during the adjournement of the application. Whilst the prosecution would have the advantage of having prepared its case before the application is made, defence counsel would enjoy no such privilege. He must argue the matter on the spur of the moment and that is exactly what happened that day. Our counsel, just like us, was caught unprepared. In spite of that he handled the matter skilfully, the argument lasing until very late at night. Fortunately for us the court dismissed the application and we could move freely once more.
On another occasion Bram Fischer made a substantial application for the recusal of the Presiding
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