Ciskei chief tried for murder

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BISHO, South Africa - The ruler of South Africa's Ciskei 'homeland', Oupa Gqozo, went on trial yesterday accused of murdering a political opponent, Reuter reports.

Brig Gqozo's lawyer, Dup de Bruyn, called on the Ciskei Supreme Court to throw out the charges, saying Brig Gqozo could not be tried because he was a head of state.

Ciskei is one of 10 so-called homelands set up by Pretoria under apartheid. Brig Gqozo is accused of murder or incitement to murder in the 1991 death of Charles Sebe, who was killed after allegedly plotting a coup.