New information emerges in bombing case

2018-11-08 06:01

THE investigating officer in a case of 11 suspects accused of bombings and the attack at Ottawa Mosque, Detective Warrant Officer Benedict Chonco, filed an urgent supplementary affidavit in court last Thursday to support his previous statement in opposing bail.

In a statement read out in court by the state prosecutor, Chonco said: “Provincial analysis of the cellphone towering established that the second applicant Ahmed Haffejee and Fahrad Hoomer were together in the area of the Hotel La Mercy tower at about 1.20pm on May 10, this is just shortly before the attack at the Imam Husaain Mosque,” Chonco said.

Chonco also claimed that witnesses were afraid to have their identities revealed “due to the resinous nature of the charges and the links of ISIL”.

In the 12-page affidavit, the investigating officer told the court that the release of the accused on bail will impact negatively in obtaining witness testimony.

“It is therefore clearly in the interest of justice that the accused stand trial in South Africa,” Chonco said.

Legal representatives of the accused told the court that they were not ready to proceed with the bail hearing until the latest affidavit of the investigating officer was given to the defence team.

The suspects are due to return to court on Tuesday, October 30 and the matter was adjourned for November 6 and November 7 for bail hearing.

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