Man ap­pears for car­ry­ing over R10m

A Dur­ban hus­band lied to his sick wife about trav­el­ling

Cape Argus - - News - Zodidi Dano

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.

GET­AWAY: Money found in lug­gage of a man headed for Dubai.

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