Thulsie twins case: State seeks info outside of South Africa

2018-04-16 17:38
Terror-accused twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie. (Image via Facebook)

Terror-accused twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie. (Image via Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The case against terror-accused twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie has been postponed for more than a month to give the State time to gather information from sources outside of the country.

State advocate Chris MacAdam told the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday that the prosecution was in the process of obtaining information from foreign agencies and that they needed at least four weeks to finalise the process.

He added that there had been further local investigation and that additional statements were required.

ALSO READ: Woman arrested with Thulsie twins now faces kidnapping and other charges in KZN

"The proposal from my side is that we first make available this additional evidence," MacAdam said.

The court postponed the case to May 30.

The Thulsie twins' appearance was brief and the court gallery was almost empty.

When they entered the courtroom, the brothers smiled and greeted family members seated in the front row of the public gallery.

Abandoned application

The brothers were arrested during raids in Newclare and Azaadville on the West Rand in July 2016.

They were believed to be linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) and were allegedly planning to detonate explosives at a US embassy and Jewish institutions in South Africa, according to the charge sheet.

At their previous appearance, the court ordered the brothers to foot the legal bill for the Minister of Police, after they abandoned their application for access to police documents which they needed to prepare their defence.

ALSO READ: Terror-accused Thulsie twins to pay police minister's legal bill

News24 previously reported that, in an indictment submitted to the court in April 2017, the State listed 12 activities the twins were allegedly instructed to carry out, using firearms, explosives and possibly poison.

It stated that, "in August 2015 [Tony-Lee] became a participant in a series of Telegram chats with Abu Fidaa, an ISIS network, and other persons whose real identities are unknown to the State, during which he was instructed to:

• attack the best targets involving "US/Brit/French interest in SA";
• kill cartoonist Zapiro, who drew the Messenger of Allah cartoon;
• kill Jews who fight in Israel and return to South Africa;
• kill affluent Jews; and
• kill a gay imam "as yet unidentified".

Other targets included King David High School in Linksfield, Johannesburg, the UK High Commission, the US and Russian embassies, the first secretary to the French mission, Jewish investment banker Roy Topol, the SA Zionist Federation Telfed, state-owned arms manufacturer Denel, Jewish community events and foreign interests at airports.

It is alleged that Tony-Lee discussed terrorist plans with an undercover US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent between May and June 2016. He believed the agent was an ISIS operative, based in the US.
He allegedly sought advice about making bombs and asked for funding and is accused of soliciting support for ISIS, using his personal Facebook page.

Brandon-Lee allegedly acquired the Mujahideen Poisons Handbook by Abdel-Aziz, and the manual How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid Guide, which teaches readers how to "live a double life" and "how to keep your secret life private".


Read more on:    isis  |  tony-lee thulsie  |  brandon-lee thulsie  |  johannesburg  |  security  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.