NATIONAL NEWS - After the correctional services department confirmed that 79-year-old convicted rapist and former tennis player and coach Bob Hewitt would be released on parole on September 23, the justice minister, Ronald Lamola, has intervened and put a stop to it.
He has asked for a review on the basis that the ministry was concerned the victims had not participated in the parole process.
National commissioner of correctional services Arthur Fraser has been tasked with reviewing the matter with the parole board.
Spokesperson Chrispin Phiri said: “Minister Lamola is of the view that it is fair and in the interests of justice that the victims and their families are afforded an opportunity to participate in the parole consideration process of the offender, as required by laws governing our parole process.
“As mandated by section 75(8) of the Correctional Services Act, referring this matter for a review with the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board will mean that date of placement for inmate Hewitt is now suspended.”
Earlier, according to lawyer Tania Koen, who represents one of the victims, Olivia Jasriel, “Written confirmation was sent to one of the victims on Friday (letter dated 12 [September]) that Hewitt is being released on 23 September.”