Lawyer appears in poaching case

2013-03-15 16:11

Cape Town - A lawyer and 29 others appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Friday on charges relating to a perlemoen syndicate.

Anthony Broadway, dressed in a dark suit and tie, looked uncomfortable as he sat in the dock with his casually dressed co-accused for a pre-trial conference.

He had represented many of them in the case before his arrest on Tuesday.

His legal representative Johnny Nortje told the court the police searched Broadway's practice in Bellville and seized computers, files containing privileged information relating to the case and other cases, and his cellphone.

"In effect, your Lordship, his practice was closed down," he told Judge Robert Henney.

Nortje said he planned to launch a review application by next Friday to set aside the search warrant, on the basis of "ulterior motives and malice, which forms the basis of the prosecution".

He said the search and seizure matter would, in all likelihood, go to the Constitutional Court as he questioned a situation where the State could access privileged information about the case in such a manner.

Nortje claimed the search warrant did not specify which items would be seized, there was no affidavit in support of the arrest warrant and he had not received a charge sheet.

Henney postponed the matter until 12 April to allow the State and defence "to report on what is going to happen".

The group face 534 charges, including illegal possession of perlemoen, racketeering and corruption.

Chinese national Ran Wei, who allegedly funded and ran the syndicate, is still missing.

  • steve.dupreez - 2013-03-15 17:12

    4kn chinas!!

      Steven Mulder - 2013-03-17 21:10

      Brodway sorry my friend u was thinking u was above the law and now u went down now u feel how is it behind bars my u burn in hell

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-03-15 17:22

    Syndicate leader has not been found because he Ran (a)Wei.

      The Hoff - 2013-03-15 19:14

      You're as sharp as a recently sharpened pencil Mandy

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-15 17:39

    Anthony u have been a bad boy trying 2make a fast buck??

  • sagebrush.bush - 2013-03-15 18:01

    Nail them

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2013-03-15 18:23

    Throw them all into the deep blue sea wearing concrete anklets. Why waste oxygen keeping this trash alive?

  • Tommy Hains - 2013-03-15 18:23

    Give that lawyer the maximum sentence if found guilty. Greed from lawyers should be stopped. Not even a Doctor who is useful to mankind charges as much as a lawyer.

  • Bless Boswell - 2013-03-15 18:56

    He should be stripped of his license to practice. For keeps.

  • ian.murray.52459615 - 2013-03-15 19:56

    Naughty naughty! I think he should be sentenced to having he legal fees quadrupled, until he is bankrupted and can no longer afford any legal assistance. Perhaps then he could be put through a mincer and used as feed at an abelone farm, if the abelone eat that kind of rubbish. Why can't these damn Chinese buggers eat McDonalds and take aspirin, they are a curse. There will be no abelone or rhinos left by the time they are done. I preferred them when they were happy peasants starving in well ordered centrally controlled 5 year plans.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-03-15 20:18

    No perlemoen in Jail Mr LAWYER. 'Looked Uncomfortable' when he sat in the dock???? You will be lucky to be able to sit at all after a few months in Prison 'Pal'... You are pillaging our 'natural resources' and deserve some time behind 'bars'..... Enjoy...

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-03-16 07:18

    What do you all a 1,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

  • mantlekilo - 2013-03-16 09:45

    The law is an ass Meaning Said of the application of the law that is contrary to common sense. Origin This proverbial expression is of English origin and the ass being referred to here is the English colloquial name for a donkey, not the American 'ass', which we will leave behind us at this point. Donkeys have a, somewhat unjustified, reputation for obstinance and stupidity that has given us the adjective 'asinine'. It is the stupidly rigid application of the law that this phrase calls into question.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-16 11:48

    Dressed in a dark suit and tie in this weather?. He won't need that garb in prison.

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