R76m cash smuggling case back in court

2016-02-25 12:44

Barberton - The two Mozambicans who allegedly tried to smuggle more than R76 million in cash into South Africa are expected to appear in the Barberton Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga on Thursday.

Faizal Assane, 50, and Ahmed Abdulla, 38, were arrested at the Lebombo border post on Christmas Day last year during a joint operation involving police and the South African Revenue Service.

They were allegedly on their way to Johannesburg with the cash. It reportedly took police five hours to count the money, which was in currencies including US dollars, euros, and rands.

They had not been asked to plead to charges of money laundering, fraud, and possession of suspected stolen property.

On January 18, Magistrate Meriam Mabetwa granted Assane R150 000, and Abdulla R25 000 bail.

They had to surrender their passports and all travel documents to the investigating officer, report to the Boksburg police station in Gauteng twice a week, and stay in the country until the finalisation of their case.

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