FFP questions evidence in terror case

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Johannesburg - A rightwing party whose members face treason charges for allegedly plotting to kill President Jacob Zuma on Friday challenged police claims that they were all caught with illegal explosives.

Two senior members of the newly-founded Federal Freedom Party (FFP) were arrested in connection with a plot to assassinate members of the ANC during the party's conference in Bloemfontein this week.

Police had said Johan Prinsloo and Hein Boonzaaier were armed when they were arrested along with two other men Mark Trollip and Martin Keevy.

"According to various sources it would appear that there were no illegal weapons or explosives found on Hein Boonzaaier," the FFP said in a statement.

But it conceded that an unlicensed pistol might have been found on Prinsloo, who is the leader of the party, which wants a separate state for Afrikaners.

The party urged prosecutors "to look at the legality of the arrest".

Doubts about the seriousness of the plot were raised when the police issued conflicting statements about their target, at times refuting suggestions that the ANC meeting was under threat while at other times affirming the plot.

Police refused to comment on these issues on Friday.

"Our evidence will be detailed in court. I do not want to be drawn to claims," said police spokesperson Billy Jones.

The men were on Monday charged with treason and terrorism and remanded in custody until their next court appearance on 8 January.

Security was tight at the five-day ANC conference that ended on Thursday, with razor wire thrown up around a perimeter guarded by armed police.

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