A Supreme Court judge Saturday refused to stop police from confiscating newsstand copies of a leading anti-apartheid newspaper, a lawyer for the publication said.

Lawyers for the liberal Weekly Mail sought an injunction at the Johannesburg Supreme Court after police raided newsstands and impounded copies of the strident anti-apartheid paper without explanation early Saturday.Weekly Mail lawyer David Dison said police seized copies from several newsstands, but the paper's staff said most of the 32,000 copies had probably been sold before police arrived.

The lawyer said he consulted with co-editors Anton Harber and Irwin Manoim on the court order and also sought reasons for the unexplained seizures from police commanders.

A Supreme Court judge declined to issue an injunction at a late Saturday session and recessed the hearing until Monday, Dison said.