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S.African Loses Conviction Appeal

January 30, 2001

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) _ A South African woman sentenced to death for killing her best friend in order to marry the woman’s husband lost the appeal of her conviction Tuesday.

The Botswana Appeals Court ruled that sufficient evidence existed to prove Marietta Bosch killed Maria Wolmarans in June 1996, according to the South African Press Association.

She married Wolmarans’ husband, Tienie, a year later.

Bosch, 50, was sentenced to death last February.

Her attorneys argued that the trial judge, High Court Judge Isaac Aboagye, had wrongly forced her to prove her innocence instead of forcing prosecutors to prove her guilt. They said Aboagye also declined to take Bosch’s mental state into account.

Bosch is the first white person to sit on death row in Botswana. If hanged, she will be the fifth woman put to death in the southern African country, and the first since 1973.

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