Pirate fighter held for extortion in CT

2012-09-15 12:09


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Johannesburg - A security expert who protected ships from pirate hijackings in the Indian Ocean was arrested for extortion in Cape Town, the Saturday Star reported.

Marius Venter, 51, was arrested by priority crime investigating group, the Hawks last Friday.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said that a 25-year-old businessman approached them and reported he was being forced to pay R3 000 to Venter.

The Hawks set up surveillance and traced several payments from the businessman to Venter.

Venter, who was employed for the protection of the British and US navies, appeared in the Somerset West Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of extortion and intimidation.

He was granted R10 000 bail and would return to court on 16 November.

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