Top advocate stable after attack

2013-03-15 10:03
Jaap Cilliers (File, Beeld)

Jaap Cilliers (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Prominent advocate Jaap Cilliers is in a stable condition after being injected with an unknown substance outside court in Pretoria, it was reported on Friday.

Cilliers was admitted into the MediClinic Pretoria Heart Hospital on Thursday, The Star reported.

He was apparently injected with an unknown substance outside the North Gauteng High Court after concluding a civil case on Wednesday.

The multi-million rand civil case continued without him on Thursday. Judge Legodi Phatudi, who is presiding over the case, visited Cilliers late on Wednesday afternoon.

Cilliers's colleague and friend Tokkie van Zyl, said he knew little about what had happened.

"I spoke to Jaap this morning [Thursday] and it was going okay with him. I do not really know what happened, other than that he was injected in the buttocks with a substance in the street after he left the court on Wednesday afternoon. I did not want to ask him too many questions," he told The Star.

Some of Cilliers's clients have included Dr Wouter Basson, Jackie Selebi and the Waterkloof Four.

Warrant Officer Ann Poortman, of the Pretoria police station, said on Thursday that she did not have much detail about the attack because no formal complaint had been made.

"No case was reported to us. We understand he [Cilliers] is in hospital. Maybe the report will be done at some [later] stage," said Poortman.

"For the police to investigate, a report has to be laid first," she said.
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