Bail for pair in Badul case to stay

2010-10-22 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG regional court magistrate yesterday declined to withdraw the bail of two men who are accused in the corruption trial of former police director Hariram Badul and others.

Regional magistrate Chris van Vuuren yesterday ruled that the court cannot rely on conflicting evidence presented by the state in an effort to persuade the court to withdraw bail granted to former police captain Suresh Naraindath and businessman Sigamoney Pillay.

He said this would be a “drastic step” for a court to take.

Evidence was led earlier this month by the investigating officer, Colonel Bala Naidoo, that the two accused allegedly made what amounted to a “threat” to a state witness, Rajashree Narine.

The court found that Narine’s evidence that she had made two statements to police, despite the prosecution’s insistence that she’d made only one, rendered her evidence unreliable.

Badul and four others — Naraindath, Yunus Khan, Bhekuyise Nkabini and Pillay — are to be tried in the high court on charges of racketeering, fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering. The trial date has not been set.

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