Thulsie twins case close to being transferred to High Court

The Thulsie twin brothers will be back at the Johannesburg Magistrates' Court on 31 August on terror-related charges.

 

The case against terror-accused twin brothers, Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie has been postponed again .

This time, the postponement was granted to allow the state time to obtain the certificate to consolidate the 13th charge that was allegedly committed outside the jurisdiction of Gauteng.

READ: Case against terror accused twins postponed again 

In an indictment that was handed into court in April, the state alleges that in August 2015, both the accused attempted to leave the country through the Ficksburg border post in the Free State‚ using fraudulent Lesotho passports.

The two brothers were arrested by the Hawks in July last year on suspicion that they have been plotting terrorist attacks against a United States mission in Johannesburg, as well as Jewish cultural sites.

They are charged with 12 counts relating to contraventions of the Protection of the Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act and the 13th charge for fraud, linked to alleged use of fake passports.

The provisional indictment revealed that the pair were going to execute acts of terrorism by using firearms, explosives and possibly poison.

According to the document, the purpose of the planned terrorist attacks was to intimidate the governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, the Russian Federation and the South African Government as well as the Jewish, Shia Muslim and other foreign communities in South Africa.

The indictment stated that the attacks were also planned to cause terror, fear or panic in the civilian population of South Africa and in particular the sections of the civilian populations targeted.

The terror-accused brothers have been in custody since their arrest last year.

This postponement, however, seems to be the final one as the case is close to being transferred to the High Court for trial. They will be back at the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on 31 August.

Related articles:

Hawks swoop on alleged terror cell 

State seeks assistance from foreign agencies in case against terror accused twins 

 

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Belinda Pheto

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