Dig­i­tal copies hold up case

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LINDI MASINGA

THE TER­ROR case against twins Bran­don-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie was yes­ter­day again post­poned in the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court – this time be­cause the de­fence needs dig­i­tal records of the en­tire mat­ter.

It has been a year since the twins were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of plot­ting ter­ror at­tacks in South Africa.

The twins, who have been be­hind bars since their ar­rest in July 2016, have been charged with con­spir­acy and in­cite­ment to com­mit the crime of ter­ror­ism and con­spir­ing and at­tempt­ing to com­mit acts as­so­ci­ated with ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.

Prose­cu­tor Adele Barnard told the court yes­ter­day that 212 pages of state­ments pre­vi­ously re­quested by the de­fence had been handed to them. How­ever, Barnard said that morn­ing she re­ceived an email from the de­fence no­ti­fy­ing her that they could not open the dig­i­tal copies.

The State said it was will­ing to print the said doc­u­ments, but it would re­quire fi­nance.

Advocate An­neline van den Heever, for the de­fence, said special soft­ware was needed to download cer­tain parts of the doc­u­ment and that the state had to ap­ply for fi­nance to get hard copies printed as soon as pos­si­ble as the doc­u­ments would be needed when the case goes to trial.

It’s al­leged that in Au­gust 2015, one of the twins, Tony-Lee, par­tic­i­pated in a se­ries of chats with Abu Fi­daa, an Is­lamic State net­work, and oth­ers. The mat­ter was post­poned to Tues­day. – ANA

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