Omarjees: new evidence delays case

2014-02-06 00:00

MORE exhibits in the form of documents are piling up in convicted fraudster Yusuf Omarjees’s R400 million container theft scam.

So cumbersome is the pile that on Tuesday Durban Magistrate Sharon Marks rolled the matter over to yesterday. “There’s a massive pile of documents that form part of the exhibits in the case. The prosecution and the defence team need to go through these files,” Marks had said at the time.

Yesterday, Marks again rolled the matter over to March 14 because of new evidence in the form of more files.

In the latest charges, it is alleged that Omarjee was involved with a syndicate that worked with a container storage company where he was a manager. Containers and goods were stolen from freight companies.

Defence attorney Ahmed Amod told The Witness that they only heard about the new evidence in court yesterday.

“Today, we are told that the state has new evidence. My client is prejudiced by these delays,” Amod said.

In March 2013, the case was adjourned after the prosecutor in the matter, Yuben Archary, was reportedly ambushed outside his home. Important evidence was stolen from his car by three armed men. In 2010, Omarjee pleaded guilty to defrauding banks of about R39 million and to two corruption charges. The latter relates to his involvement with Al-Qaeda operatives in an ID book scam.

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