Judgment reserved on Panday’s appeal

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Thoshan Panday in court.
Thoshan Panday in court.

Durban businessman Thoshan Panday has applied for leave to appeal against the judgment that paves the way for his prosecution for fraud and corruption linked to the 2010 Fifa Football World Cup.

After hearing argument on whether to grant the application, Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Trevor Gorven reserved judgment.

Last month the same judge dismissed an application to review the decision by former prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams in January 2018, to prosecute Panday in four cases.

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One relates to him allegedly trying to bribe former KZN Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

Judge Gorven said in his judgment that Abrahams’ decision was to prosecute Panday along with police officers Colonel Navin Madhoe and Captain Ashwin Narainpershad. The trio allegedly defrauded the SAPS.

Following the judgment Panday, Madhoe and Narainpershad were charged for fraud and corruption related to an R47 million 2010 Fifa World Cup tender.

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Former KZN police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni has also been charged.

Yesterday Panday was represented by advocate Jeremy Gauntlett QC SC, and advocate Jimmy Howse, SC.

Panday was not in court.

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