WORLD : Botha Overruled on Murder Trial

<i> From Times wire services </i>

The Supreme Court today overruled South African President Pieter W. Botha’s order to halt the murder trial of six soldiers charged in the stabbing death of a black activist.

It marks the second time in four months that Namibia’s highest court has overturned a decision by Botha to grant immunity to soldiers accused of murder in Namibia, also known as South-West Afria.

A three-judge panel said the soldiers of Namibia’s South African-led army will have to stand trial for the Nov. 30, 1986, killing of Immanuel Shifidi.