State argues case against Badul and co-accused

2014-07-08 00:00

THE state argued yesterday that it had presented sufficient evidence for the ­Pietermaritzburg High Court to convict former police director Harriram Badul and four co-accused on 128 charges including racketeering, fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering.

It alleges that Badul was the manager of a criminal enterprise involving the other accused — Suresh Naraindath, Yunus Khan, Bhekuyise Nkabini and ­Sigamoney Pillay.

The men are accused of inflating claims, the theft of items including shoes, blankets and garden tools, and interfering with state witnesses.

It is alleged that these crimes were committed over a two-year period. Badul at the time was station commissioner at Mountain Rise police station.

The state alleges that the objectives of the criminal enterprise were to ­procure goods and services — ostensibly on behalf of the Mountain Rise ­police station — from which the accused derived personal benefit in a variety of ways.

State Advocate Wendy Greef argued that the evidence presented was enough for the judge to convict the men on all charges.

Pillay was not in court yesterday as he is in hospital. Argument for the accused will continue before Judge Rashid Vahed today. The men are all out on bail.

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