Murder accused Hawks plead not guilty

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Cape Town - Three of 13 Hawks' officers pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the death of a man in custody, in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

The State read out plea explanations by George Ainslie, Mphathi Velani and Riaan Kielblock, in which they denied culpability on up to 11 charges.

The charges relate to, among other things, the kidnapping and murder of Sidwell Mkwambi, 24, a New Crossroads resident, who was allegedly tortured to death in 2009.

Prosecutors withdrew two theft charges.

Last week, Thobezi Jam Jam (SUBS:CORR) and the remaining officers also pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The first witness may be called to testify against them later on Monday. - Sapa

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