Man appears for carrying over R10m
A Durban husband lied to his sick wife about travelling
A38-year-old Durban man arrested at Cape Town International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle millions out of the country was found with two passports, the Bellville Magistrate’s Court heard.
Mohammed Ameen was caught on Wednesday with two suitcases filled with cash valued at over R10 million.
Yesterday, he appeared in court for failing to declare the money.
State prosecutor Helene Booysen, who specialises in organised crimes, said the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit was involved. She asked that the court grant a seven-day remand for a bail profile.
Booysen said upon arrest the auto car shop owner was travelling to Dubai and subsequent to his arrest gave authorities a false address.
“The accused told his wife he was going to do a sale in Joburg, yet he was in Cape Town with millions of rand and more than of a half of which was in (US) dollars.”
Booysen said the State needed time to investigate where the money was coming from and also make contact with the Department of Home Affairs to check whether the accused had travelled abroad.
Ameen’s lawyer, Daniel Sive, said the accused was a father of two. He said he was the sole provider for the family, as his wife suffers from an auto-immune disease.
From his car-selling company Ameen makes about R20 000 per month.
Sive argued that the accused had brought before the court all profile information needed to proceed with the bail application. “To tell your wife one thing is no reason to be kept in arrest. The only concern should be whether he is a flight risk. His entire family is in Durban; he won’t just pack up and leave his ailing wife and children stranded.”
However, Booysen shot back that the accused while in custody was given an offer to call his wife to which he declined. Based on the fact that Ameen had two passports, he failed to inform his wife about his trip and declined the opportunity to call her; the magistrate ruled for a remand. The matter has been postponed to October 19.
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