Detective admits ‘bending rules’ in terror investigation
GRAEME HOSKEN | 2017-03-24 07:01:37.0
The Thulsies were arrested when police raided their Johannesburg homes. File photo
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Gauteng police investigating a suspected terror plot have admitted in court that they had destroyed evidence without presenting it to defence lawyers, and sometimes “bent the rules” in their investigations.
The admissions were made yesterday at the trial of brother and sister Ibrahim and Fatima Patel, who – with identical twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie – were arrested on terrorism charges last year.
The Patel siblings are facing charges in the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court for possession of a stun grenade. They were arrested in July in an anti-terrorism raid at their West Rand home.
The Thulsies were arrested when police raided their Johannesburg homes. They are accused of plotting to attack UK, US and Jewish interests in South Africa. Only the Thulsies have been charged with terrorism.
Ballistics expert Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Weiderman admitted that he destroyed a stun grenade without telling prosecutors and defence lawyers.
Warrant Officer Jacobus Venter said he had flouted procedures at the search and seizure operation and that he sometimes “bent the rules” while investigating.