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Iain McKie



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Location: Ayr, Scotland.

PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 8:56 am    Post subject: Injustice in South Africa  Reply with quote

For some time I have been aware of a potential miscarriage of justice in South Africa that has frightening parallels to Shirley's case.

A ‘blog’ has been opened providing background and information.

It is well worth a read.

http://www.blogsouthafrica.net/20.../inge-lotz-murder-the-beginnings/
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Truthseeker



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 10:01 pm    Post subject: Potential miscarriage of justice in South Africa Reply with quote

The international forensic community ought to take notice of this case. The case relates to fingerprint fabrication and the misidentification of a blood mark as a shoe print.
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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Truthseeker is absolutely correct. The whole forensic community should be watching this case as a potential miscarriage of justice unfolds. Those who care about the integrity and honesty of justice systems across the world must be prepared to act for Fred van der Vyver should the police authorities continue to prosecute this case.

http://www.blogsouthafrica.net/20.../inge-lotz-murder-the-beginnings/
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Louis van der Vyver



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:23 pm    Post subject: Inge Lotz Murder trial Reply with quote

At this stage I only want to thank everybody in the international community who is supporting us. I am the father of Fred van der Vyver who is accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Inge Lotz, in March 2005.

The trial is still ongoing (sub judice) and therefore I do not want to enter into any debate on the facts of the case other than to say that the forensic community should take note of the evidence produced by the state and judge for themselves when the time allows us to share it publicly.

We accept that to many people in the western world, South Africa may merely be a part of Africa, but I assure you that if I look at the thread "Injustice's in Scotland" we appear to be very much in the same league!

Any comments will help to keep the thread current and will be appreciated.

Louis van der Vyver
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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Louis,

Although you do not wish to comment at this time is there anywhere you would like readers to post or send a message of support and concern about a possible miscarriage of justice?

It is important the authorities are aware the world is watching.

Keep strong and best wishes to the family.

Iain and family.
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Louis van der Vyver



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Location: South Africa

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Iain'

Thanks for the offer. The only local blog that I am aware of is the one you posted the link of. That link is to only one of the chapters - although one could follow other links on the site to get to the main page, but here is the link to the main page:

http://www.blogsouthafrica.net/category/inge-lotz-murder/

I am in no way connected to the author of the site, I do not know him, and I am not supplying him with his information. There are some factual mistakes in his posts, as he claim to write it from newspaper reports. However it should give the uninformed a reasonable picture and the writer do ask many very pertinent, logical and valid questions. The site does not seem to be as active as your forums, but with a bit of help it may improve.

Interested people may set up a Google alerts for "Inge Lotz" and "Fred van der Vyver" , which should alert them to all news articles.

We are set to go to court again from 4 - 7 June, during which time we were informed that the state intends closing it's case. Thereafter the trial will only resume on 30 July.

I may obviously be contacted personally through the link below my post.

Sincere thanks,

Louis van der Vyver
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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The latest information on the Inge Lotz Murder trial can be found at:

http://www.blogsouthafrica.net:80...-murder-the-werner-carolus-story/

http://www.blogsouthafrica.net/20...otz-murder-the-ornamental-hammer/

http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.ph...end_year=&order_by=ldate+desc

The trial resumes on 30 July.
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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Fred van der Vyver trial in South Africa resumed on Monday with Advocate Dup de Bruyn arguing for his clients discharge before the defence evidence is led.

The state will respond tomorrow - Wednesday.

As I have said before this case bears many of the hallmarks of a classic injustice.

Non-disclosure of evidence.

Evidence of a Police/prosecution determination to convict no matter the evidence.

Botched forensics.

For full information see:

http://www.blogsouthafrica.net:80...rder-defence-calls-for-discharge/
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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The prosecution have now responded to the defence plea to discharge the case against Fred van der Vyver.

http://www.blogsouthafrica.net/20...replies-to-discharge-application/

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en...s&ie=UTF-8&ncl=1118729190

My thoughts are with Fred's family as they await the court's decision.
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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After hearing a defence submission for discharge of the case against Fred van der Vyver the judge has decided that the trial should go ahead.

Look out for regular updates from next Monday onwards as the contentious forensic and other evidence is challenged by a number of world experts.
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.ph...art_id=vn20070808023314343C338504

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