Craig Smith work-permit ruling favours both parties

2014-08-04 20:24

The Department of Home Affairs has welcomed a ruling setting aside search warrants used for seizure of documents at the offices of immigration lawyers Craig Smith and Associates.

“(Western Cape High Court) Judge Dennis Davis declared the search warrants as invalid but granted the department a preservation order, essentially allowing the department to continue with its investigation against lawyers Craig Smith and Associates without the risk of destruction of evidence,” said the department’s spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete today.

Smith’s offices Cape Town offices, were raided earlier this month and files and computers were seized.

According to the department, the search had been executed to seize documents supporting allegations of fraud against Smith.

Smith allegedly used his firm to sell work permits, said Tshwete.

The law firm approached the court to have the search warrants declared invalid and set aside.

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