Rising costs complaint after delay in kidnapping case

2015-07-24 09:29
(Shutterstock)

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - The trial of seven men charged with the July 2013 kidnapping of Underberg businessman Mohsin Patel was again delayed on Thursday amidst defence complaints that the accused are being burdened by escalating legal costs.

Lawyers acting for the men expressed dismay when handed a wad of documents by the state yesterday including “new” statements taken by police that they will now have to study and consult their clients about before trial.

New information, which the defence needs to peruse to prepare for trial, apparently includes a 30-page long statement by the victim.

Lawyers for the various accused said their clients are being burdened by legal costs.

After discussions it was resolved to adjourn the case until August 25, when it is anticipated a trial date will be decided on.

Another issue that may be discussed prior to the trial is whether regional court magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa may be asked to recuse himself from the case, after he recently rejected a guilty plea tendered in the case by one of the accused, Nasir Ally.

Pakistani national Ally, 25, admitted in his plea — which was read to court by his attorney, Ashraf Mohamed — that he was illegally in South Africa as his asylum permit had expired by the time of his arrest.

He also explained to the court that he became involved in the kidnapping when he saw the victim at a friend’s house in Shelly Beach, and agreed to take care of the man. He admitted that he in fact did so and deprived him of his liberty for four days.

Phoswa refused to accept the guilty plea because Ally did not admit to physically kidnapping Patel.

Ally is one of five Pakistani nationals charged with kidnapping Patel and allegedly demanding a R1 million ransom for him.

The others are: Nadeem Akhder, Khalit Amin, Asif Seem Cheema (also known as Naseem Cheema) and Sikander Akurter.

Two other accused are SAPS members from Pietermaritzburg, Jashandra Supal and Nhlanhla Mkhize, who are the only accused that are out on bail in the case.

The state alleges that Patel was held captive in chains for 22 days before he was found at a house on the South Coast and was freed by investigators.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.