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12 August 2005Manfred Zachel - The Man and his life67-year-old German, Manfred Zachel, has spent 9 years in Brixton Prison,making him the UK’s longest ever untried prisoner.Most ex-prisoners will probably tell you that the remand time of a sentence is the worst part.The future is unsettled and you will be in custody in a local prison,where conditions are the worst in the system.(And Brixton is the worst prison in the country-according to the Prison Service's own statistics.) Astonishingly, Zachel CHOSE to remain in Brixton, for what has been the equivalent of a ten-year sentence, without parole.Since September 1996 he was in gaol fighting against extradition to South Africa-wherehe was wanted on fraud and sexual charges.The Guardian has seen sworn statements from the alleged victim of the homosexual attacks - on which the charges were based -and he, and his parents and Grandfather, say that the allegations are entirely false.In respect of the fraud charges, a leading English Q.C. said that "It is unthinkable" that Zachel could serve more time than he has already done on remand.So why was this prisoner so reluctant to return to South Africa?Zachel claimed that he had no choice: that he would not get a fair trial in that country and that his life would be in danger, at the hands of the 'Broederbond';a pro-apartheid, racist organisation who, he said, had already made two attempts on his life.Several prominent South African citizens, including former top-ranking officers in the South African Defence Force, supported those allegations.Zachel, a German National - who said that the S.S. murdered his Mother in 1939 - is a sick man.According to a doctor, who examined him on behalf of the German Embassy, he is a diabetic, suffers from angina, an untreated cataract and has dizzy spells and fits. A specialist, who saw him for the Home Office, disputed that diagnosis. What is not disputed is that he has been confined to a wheelchair for several years and it is admitted that, he failed to keep four appointments with specialists, because the Prison Service did not organise an ambulance to take him to hospital.
The Guardian wanted to visit Mr Zachel to authenticate his claims, but the Home Office has refused permission to see him.Not because the visitor was an ex-prisoner, but because he was a journalist.They quoted prison standing orders as the reason for the refusal.The relevant rule states that journalists can see prisoners only in "exceptional circumstances" where it is "Necessary to communicate concerning a possible miscarriage of justice".Zachel’s account of his treatment, at the hands of the South African Criminal Justice System, reads like a Kafka nightmare.If a fraction of what he-and a number of high-profile witnesses-says is true, then he is unquestionably such a victim.
By his own admission, Zachel is no saint. Between 1954 and 1990, he was sentenced to a total of 9 years imprisonment, in Germany and Belgium, for offences including fraud, deception and receiving stolen goods.In 1994, he moved to Torquay, where he bought a house and later to South Africa, where-by his own account – backed up by financial people of good character - he dealt in legitimate investments.Zachel claims that, in 1995, he was approached by a senior director of the Amalgamated Banks of South Africa (A.B.S.A.), with an offer to engage in illegal activities, aimed at destabilising the new black government.
According to documents seen by The Guardian, this account is corroborated in the affidavit of Gerhard Laubscher, a Pretorian businessman.Mr Laubscher says that A.B.S.A. (Formally known as the Volskas Bank), secretly financed the killings and maiming of political and financial rivals in South Africa.Both, Laubscher and Zachel say that information about this approach was passed on to the S.African police (there is a statement from a police officer confirming this) and that, following this,Zachel was arrested and imprisoned, without charge, on allegations, relating to mortgage frauds.Whatever the truth of Zachels claims-and the whole affair is surrounded by complicated secrecy-he was - according to the South African Justice authorities - locked-up, without charge for 11 months, initially in Pretoria Prison.In 1995, Dr Hans Reimer Balzer was the President of the African Agricultural Development Corporation, (A.A.D.C.). While in that post, he says, in a sworn statement, that Zachel made "Considerable financial contributions" to various charities associated with A.A.D.C.He further says that, when Zachel was arrested, former business associates of his were asked to make statements against him and those who did, were rewarded with fundstaken from Zachel.According to Dr Balzer, he, Gerhard Laubscher and Wynand Louw, a former senior director of A.B.S.A bank, later took documents and other material-including counterfeit dollars and sterling-to the S.African Office for Serious Economic Offences (O.S.E.O.).They claim that this material had been gathered by Zachel as proof against the A.B.S.A. banks involvement in illegal activities.Dr Balzer says that officers from the O.S.E.O. refused to accept the material, (The police later did.) and that they intimidated Mr Louw-who admits that A.B.S.A. were involved in illegal activity-to a degree that took him to the verge of a nervous breakdown.Laubscher also states that Louw told him that A.B.S.A. had approached Zachel in relation to illegal financial deals, but that Zachel 'was not interested'.
On the 31st of January 1997, Zachel suffered what, appeared to be, a heart attack and was taken to Wilgers hospital in Pretoria.Two South Africans, who had known him since his arrival in that country, went to the hospital. One of them,Pieter Willem de Jaeger-a former colonel in the South African Defence Force(And then Chairman of his local community police forum)made a statement about what he saw. In it, he says "Although Zachel was unconscious, it was not in a natural way, but rather drugged".De-Jaeger goes on to say that a doctor later told him that,'Mr Zachel must have eaten or drunk something in jail to cause this condition'.He attended several court hearings and says, "They made a mockery of the principalof fair trial procedure".He concluded"Mr Zachel’s life will be in danger if he returns to South Africa".Whatever the reason For Zachel’s collapse, he remained in intensive care for several weeks.The second visitor to the hospital that day was Ronald Laubscher,an academic from Pretoria, who previously had been a senior medical officer in the Defence Force and who, again, has made a sworn statement.He says that he arrived at the hospital at the same time as Zachel and that the staff, having been instructed by the prison, were treating the patient as if he had suffered a heart attack. Laubscher examined Zachel and found that"Though unconscious-and with a weak pulse-he had no breathing problems and did not require oxygen".He also said that he "Felt a strong response when he took the patients hands."Laubscher then informed the staff that Zachel had not suffered an ordinary heart attack.Zachel later told him that he'd been given a cold drink in the prison hospital and almost immediately had passed out.Laubscher concludes his sworn statement by saying that"If Mr Zachel was extradited to South Africa his life would be in danger".
When Zachel was arrested on the alleged mortgage fraud, staying at his house wasthe 13-year old son of Dr Theo Balzer.Zachel was educating the boy, with the full consent of his parents and grandfather.They were both taken away at gunpoint, Zachel to prison and the boy to detention camp. According to the boy's sworn statement, he was kept there for 3 days, without access to either his parents or a lawyer.He says that the police pressured him into making a statement against Zachel, alleging improper sexual contact with him.The boy says that he couldn't understand the allegations and that he and Zachel would shake hands on greeting or, if the lad had done well in his studies, he would receive a 'tap on the back'.When Dr Balzer’s son was arrested, his Grandfather, Ernst Balzer, flew to South Africa.In another sworn statement, Balzer,A former high-ranking civil servant in Germany, says that he spoke withCaptain Visser, from the Child Protection Unit of the S.African police. Visser told him that, unusually, it had been the OS.E.O. who had reported the alleged sexual abuse to the police.Visser then assured Ernst Balzer that his investigations into the complaint had not produced any evidence to support the allegations.Captain Visser had instructed aDr Muller, from Pretoria, to carry out a medical examination of the boy.Ernst Balzer then spoke to Dr Muller who confirmed that'There was no medical evidence of abuse.'Following the boy's release from custody, he and his parents left South Africa.A reporter contacted the alleged victim of Zachel's improper advances, in Germany where he now lives.'Peter' is a confident-sounding and intelligent young man of 20.He told the reporter that he willingly and resolutely denied, on oath, that there was anything improper in his relationship with Mr Zachel."Manfred is a straightforward heartfelt (sic) person.He always treated me as I guess he would treat his own son.I am supposed to be a victim, but Manfred did nothing ever bad to me.
"Following his release from hospital, Zachel was taken, under guard, to 'Lynwood Oard'a secure clinic in Pretoria.One day, in June 1977, Zachel spoke on the telephone to Dr Balzer.It was around 3 pm and Zachel said that he felt dizzy and tired and wanted to go to bed.Balzer says that Zachel's voice sounded 'slurred and drugged.Medical staff later told Balzer that Zachel was deeply asleep by late afternoon.At 7pm that evening, Zachel was reported as missing. At this time,Zachel could not walk unaided and high walls, through which there was only one exit, surrounded the complex.The police first investigated a supposed abduction, but later,officers from O.S.E.O. turned this charge into a jailbreak.Days later Zachel was found in a park in Pretoria and was subsequently hidden by friends.By his own, uncorroborated, account Zachel endured a living nightmare following his exit from the secure clinic.He says that he woke up, tied to a plank, which severely restricted his movement.That throughout his stay, he constantly received droplets of water on his forehead:that his head was shaved, electrodes were attached and he was given electric shock treatment. He says that faeces were placed in his mouth, several times and that he received injections, which made him, feel very dizzy.He was questioned at length, about matters he knew nothing about and he suspects that his captors had wrongly formed the view that he had some valuable information relating to the banking world.The Guardian has no confirmation of the above account. However, several of those who have sworn statements in support of Zachel, were in positions of influence at the time.The reporter spoke to some of them and they have asked him to point out that,if Zachel HAD escaped, from the secure clinic, they would have been both willing and able, to help him.Indeed, when he did contact them, from the park, his friends did help him; all the way back to Torquay, a place of safety, they thought.In the event, Manfred Zachel was arrested, on warrant, on the 12th of October 1997 and he remained in Brixton until February 2005.Several months after Zachels arrest in Torquay, the South African authorities sent an official bill of indictment relating to his case.The charges were different to those that his original arrest in South Africa was based on.Therefore, Zachel was not given the opportunity to argue the charges in court.
The wheels of justice move slowly in this area of the law and Zachel's case came before Bow St Magistrates in March 1998.That tribunal decided that Zachel should remain in custody awaiting a ministerial decision on his case.An application of Habeas Corpus was declined by the High Court in June 1999; at which time the German Embassy made strong representations on Zachel’s behalf.Ludwig Linden, a spokesman from the embassy, explained their position, in respect of Zachel, a German National.He first pointed out that international law - relating to consular staff - forbade him from commenting on the legal aspects of the case. "It is not our role to interfere with the legal process of this country.Therefore "I have to set aside my emotions. We are monitoring Mr Zachel’s position closely and he is being visited by someone from the German Advisory Service, who reports back to the Embassy."On the 13th of July 2000, the Home Secretary decided that Zachel should be extradited to South Africa. His decision was based on the grounds that: South Africa had established a prima facia case:that Zachel would get a fair trial in South Africa under that country's constitution:That Zachel’s claim that he had been abducted, tortured and threatened, while in custody inS. Africa, had been taken into account; but that the South African authorities had stated that, on his return, he would not be in the custody of the police, but the Department of Correctional Services.The Secretary of State also promised that any fears Zachel may have, concerning his safety, would be passed on to the South African Correctional Services for appropriate action.Zachel then applied for a judicial review of that decision.This application was granted and the Home Secretary was ordered to reconsider his decision. This was duly done, but the original decision was upheld. A further judicial review was granted, but the application was later withdrawn, because Zachel's Q.C. advised that the Secretary of State had addressed all the issues and legal aid would not allow further proceedings. On the 18th of July 2000 Zachel applied To the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg. The proceedings were put on hold until January 2002.

Sabine Zanker, a lawyer for the London based organisation, Fair Trials Abroad, followed Manfred Zachel’s case and visited him in Brixton regularly. She is appalled at many aspects of his imprisonment and says that his physical condition deteriorated by the day."His condition is worsening with alarming rate and I am concerned for his mental state.He cannot concentrate and is getting very confused.I very much doubt that he is in a fit state to be imprisoned, let alone stand trial, instruct a lawyer, or survive a long haul flight." Pointing to the difficulty of communicating with the Prison Service, about her client's condition, she said that:
" I wrote to the Head of the Prison Service in July 2002, asking him to look into the medical care of Mr Zachel, as a matter of urgency. I received a reply, 9 months later.

"Manfred Zachel is now free and attempting to put his life back together.

Manfred is currently trying to recover property that he was forced to leave behind in HMP Brixton when he was removed under sedation in February 2005 and flown to South Africa.

Despite numerous attempts to obtain his property or gain a reasonable explanation a whereabouts or disappearance,
the Prison has dragged its feet and been economic with the truth.

Letters and E-mails to the Prison Governor Mr John Podmore have been met with a brick wall. Mr Podmore can be E-mailed on John.Podmore@hmps.gsi.gov.uk.

We are sure that he would appreciate messages of encouragement to produce Manfred's property or an explanation plus compensation.#

*posted by Crimefighter

*The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes.
** They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.

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