Terror-accused twins back in dock

2017-01-20 06:11

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Johannesburg - Terror-accused twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The twins were arrested in July during raids in Newclare and Azaadville on the West Rand and face three counts of contravening the Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act.

According to their charge sheet, the brothers, who were arrested along with siblings Ebrahim and Fatima Patel, were allegedly linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State group and were allegedly planning to set off explosives at a US embassy and "Jewish institutions" in SA.

The investigating officer found that the twins had allegedly been active on social media prior to their arrests, allegedly discussing matters that could incriminate them.

On Tuesday the court heard that the arrest of two suspects in Kenya and Britain was allegedly linked to the case against the duo.

Prosecutor Chris MacAdam had requested a postponement for the State to finalise its investigation.

MacAdam said the US also had jurisdiction over the case and that they had registered a local case and would subpoena service providers.

He said senior British officials had met with the investigating officer to see what information was available in SA.

The State also approached the Syrian and Turkish governments because there was information that the twins wanted to go to Syria, MacAdam said.

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