Durban Bin Laden harassment case: Deedat gets more time

2013-10-11 11:33

The stalking case against businessman Yusuf Deedat, son of the late Islamic cleric Sheik Ahmed Deedat, has been adjourned until November 6.

This week, Deedat requested an additional adjournment for time to file an affidavit responding to claims by Durban Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) director Mehmood Dawood Amra that he had conducted a hate campaign against him in a bid to force him to resign.

The request was granted after Deedat, who is representing himself, told the court he wanted to broaden his affidavit to address the IPCI and its other directors in his response.

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According to Amra’s affidavit submitted to the Durban Magistrates’ Court for an order in terms of the Protection from Harassment Act of 2011, Deedat started the campaign against him after the IPCI had published a book, written by academic and historian Goolam Vahed.

Deedat had blamed the IPCI, and Amra in particular, for parts of the book which cast his father, who founded the IPCI with money from Osama Bin Laden, in a poor light.

Deedat Sr built the IPCI’s Bin Laden Centre in Queen Street with donations from the man behind the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Deedat Sr died in 2005 after a series of strokes, which left him paralysed for several years.

Deedat Jr then started a campaign against Amra, an optometrist who works out of Tongaat, demanding that he resign from the IPCI immediately.

According to the affidavit, Deedat printed some 10 000 posters and flyers questioning his integrity and honesty, and placed posters bearing Bin Laden’s image on Amra’s car and on the door of his practice, which is located close to a mosque at which he observes.

Deedat also allegedly placed his flyers on cars outside mosques in Durban’s north beach and Grey Street area, sent him threatening SMS messages and circulated his cellphone number while encouraging members of the public to harass Amra.

Deedat also allegedly accused Amra of racism and of exploiting Africans who wanted to embrace Islam through the IPCI.

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