Terrorism accused siblings back in court

2016-09-28 14:27
Fatima Patel and her husband leave the Kagiso Magistrate's Court after she and her brother Ibrahim appeared for possession of unlicenced explosives and ammunition (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Fatima Patel and her husband leave the Kagiso Magistrate's Court after she and her brother Ibrahim appeared for possession of unlicenced explosives and ammunition (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - West Rand siblings Fatima and Ibrahim Patel will know in about six weeks whether the charges they are facing are strong enough for them to stand trial.

The pair appeared at the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of possession of unlicensed ammunition and explosives.

They were arrested during an anti-terrorism raid at their home in Azaadville on July 9. They were granted bail of R5 000 each.

The siblings appeared separately for the charges. Ibrahim took his place in the dock first, dressed in a black thawb (robe), with a black and white keffiyeh covering his head.

Fatima sat fiddling on her phone, while her brother stood in the dock. She wore jeans and brown boots under a full burqa.

The matter was postponed to November 10 for the siblings' lawyer to obtain copies of their dockets and to make representations to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who would ultimately decide whether the matter should go to trial.

The Patels were arrested on the same weekend as twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, 23. They were suspected of having links to the Islamic State terror group.

The Thulsies faced charges of contravening the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Act. They were allegedly planning to set off explosives at a US embassy and "Jewish institutions" in South Africa.

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