Patel siblings not linked to terror-accused twins - lawyer

2017-02-15 14:31
Supporters of the Thulsie twins at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

Supporters of the Thulsie twins at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

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Johannesburg – Lawyers representing two siblings from Azaadville, west of Johannesburg, who are charged with violating the Explosives Act and the Firearms Control Act, say their clients are not linked to the terrorism case involving the Thulsie twins.

It has been reported that the siblings were linked to the case of twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, 23, who were arrested during another raid on the same day.

Siblings Fatima and Ibrahim Patel appeared in the Kagiso Regional Court on Wednesday, but the matter was postponed to March 23 for trial. Attorney Nadeem Mohamed, representing Fatima, told the court that the siblings were not linked to the Thulsies' case.

The twins were arrested in July last year during raids in Newclare and Azaadville, on the West Rand. They face three counts of contravening the Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act.

According to their charge sheet, the brothers were allegedly linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) and were allegedly planning to set off explosives at a US embassy and "Jewish institutions" in SA.

No decision

The Patels were arrested after a stun grenade and 21 bullets were allegedly found in their house during a raid on July 9.

They were released on R5 000 bail each after their lawyer at the time, Yousha Tayob‚ brought an urgent application before the High Court in Johannesburg for their release.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Jacob Maswanganye said the State was ready to proceed with the matter.

"All the witnesses are here and we were ready to proceed with this matter," Maswanganye said.

But Advocate James Grant, representing Ibrahim, told the court he needed time to go through new evidence.

Magistrate Stanley Mkhari argued that there was enough time for the defence to discuss with their clients which one of them intended to plead guilty to the charges.

But during an adjournment neither legal counsel could come to a decision.

Read more on:    brandon-lee thulsie  |  tony-lee thulsie  |  johannesburg  |  security  |  crime

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