Pakistanis charged over ‘chop shop’ given bail

2010-09-07 00:00

FIVE Pakistani nationals charged with possession of suspected stolen vehicles seized by police from an alleged “chop shop” in Mkondeni recently were granted bail yesterday.

Waqar Anjum (24) and Muhammad Saqib (23) were each granted bail of R20 000 by magistrate Divesh Mootheram.

Their co-accused, Ali Rahat (41) Fayya Ahmed (42) and Muhammad Iqbal (28), were awarded R40 000 bail each.

The accused, who all live in Durban, are prohibited in terms of their bail conditions from coming within five kilometres of any exit or entry point into South Africa. They were ordered to report twice weekly to police and to hand over all travel documents, and barred from contacting any person at Home Affairs or the Home Affairs Department without permission from the investigating officer.

The three men are charged with being in possession of three Toyota Quantum vehicles suspected to have been stolen on August 19.

One of the accused, Iqbal and another man, Muhammad Sadiq, are charged separately with corruption for allegedly offering police Warrant Officer Andrew Brown a bribe of R50 000 cash not to oppose bail against their “friends” and or to destroy the case docket and evidence.

Iqbal and Sadiq were granted R20 000 bail each in respect of the corruption case.

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