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Anti-Apartheid Hero’s Sentence Cut

October 23, 2000

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ Disgraced anti-apartheid hero Allan Boesak has had his three-year prison sentence reduced by 10 months for good behavior.

Boesak, who began serving the sentence in May, has been a model prisoner, prisons spokesman Russel Mamabolo said Monday.

A Dutch Reformed minister, Boesak headed the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and helped found the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front. He organized protest marches, was thrown in jail and emerged to travel the world to highlight apartheid’s injustices.

But then reports emerged that money he was raising to help disadvantaged children and others was going into his own pockets and financing a jet-set lifestyle.

Last year, Boesak was convicted on four counts of fraud and theft involving $400,000. He stole the money mainly from foreign donors to his Foundation for Peace and Justice charity, including singer Paul Simon.

Boesak argued that some money Simon had donated was a personal gift, and continues to proclaim his innocence.