Terror accused brother, sister traumatised by arrest - lawyer

2016-09-20 14:09
Lawyer for siblings Ismail and Fatima Patel, Yousha Tayob outside the Kagiso Magistrate's Court (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Lawyer for siblings Ismail and Fatima Patel, Yousha Tayob outside the Kagiso Magistrate's Court (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Two siblings from Azaadville, west of Johannesburg, have had to deal with the trauma of being arrested after being caught with explosive ammunition at their home during a raid earlier this year.

"Obviously an arrest is traumatic, publicity is traumatic, it's been traumatic since the start," their lawyer, Yousha Tayob, told News24 shortly after the pair appeared in the Kagiso Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

He said the level of trauma had since settled down and they were now "fine".

Ibrahim and his sister Fatima Patel had appeared on charges of possession of unlicensed ammunition and explosives. This was after a raid was carried out at their home in Azaadville.

Both were out on bail of R5 000, with strict conditions, including that they report to the Kagiso police station twice a week and stay within the Gauteng province at all times.

During their appearance, Ismail was dressed in a black robe, a thawb, with a black and white keffiyeh scarf covering his head, slightly hiding his face. Fatima was dressed in a full burqa with only her eyes showing.

The court heard that, since the pair's last appearance in July, Fatima had got married and was now living near Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal. Tayob asked the court to amend her bail conditions after submitting a marriage certificate as proof.

Second pair of terror-linked siblings

The court also heard that the bail conditions were an inconvenience to Ibrahim who was in the livestock business and often needed to travel in and out of the province.

Magistrate Jacob Mamabolo granted both parties amendments to their bail conditions.

The matter was postponed to September 28 for the State to furnish Tayob with a copy of the docket and for a decision to be made on whether the matter be transferred to a regional court.

Prosecutor Thabo Ntlailane told the court that the State had completed its investigations and was ready to proceed with the matter.

Tayob would not be drawn on how confident he was about winning the case.

"There are a number of options available to us once we get the docket and we’ll make a decision when we get it," he said.

The Patels are the second pair of siblings who have been caught in possession of explosives which authorities suspect may be linked to the Islamic State.

Earlier this year, Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie were arrested and charged with terrorism-related charges. They were believed to have had plans of setting off explosives at a US embassy and "Jewish institutions" in South Africa. 

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