ISIS ac­cused is given bail

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

ESHOWE prop­erty owner Ahmed Haf­fe­jee (28), ac­cused of fa­tally stab­bing Ab­bas Es­sop, a Moulana at a mosque in Dur­ban, was granted bail of R150 000 in the Veru­lam Mag­is­trate’s Court on Tues­day.

Haf­fe­jee, to­gether with 10 other men - all ac­cused of hav­ing links with ISIS were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with set­ting off a num­ber of in­cen­di­ary de­vices in and around Dur­ban, as well as be­ing im­pli­cated in the hor­rific at­tack at a Veru­lam mosque that claimed Es­sop’s life.

The ZO pre­vi­ously re­ported that Haf­fe­jee, a med­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive who of­ten trav­els be­tween Mel­moth and eShowe, was ar­rested on the R34 af­ter his prop­erty in the eShowe Hills Eco & Golf Es­tate was raided by mem­bers of the Dur­ban Or­gan­ised Crime Unit and a spe­cialised task team.

Haf­fe­jee, along with Farhad Hoomer, Thabit Mwenda‚ Mo­hamad Ak­bar‚ Seiph Mo­hamed‚ Amani Mayani‚ Abubakar Ali‚ Ab­bas Jooma‚ Ma­hammed So­bruin‚ Ndiku­mana Sha­bani and Iddy Omari, were ar­rested in a co­or­di­nated Hawks raid on 5 Oc­to­ber.

The ac­cused face sched­ule six of­fences, which in­clude mur­der, ex­tor­tion and ar­son as well as charges un­der the South African anti-ter­ror leg­is­la­tion known as the Pro­tec­tion of Con­sti­tu­tional Democ­racy against Terrorism and Re­lated Ac­tiv­i­ties Act. Some in the group also face kid­nap­ping charges.

Ac­cord­ing to TimesLive, Hoomer, the man the state painted as the al­leged ring­leader of the group, was re­leased on R200 000 bail.

Mwenda, Mo­hamed and Mayani were re­leased on warn­ings, while Ak­bar, Ali‚ Jooma, So­bruin, Sha­bani and Omari had bail set at be­tween R3 000 and R5 000.

Each ac­cused is to re­port to the Dur­ban Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion ev­ery Wed­nes­day be­tween 6am and 6pm, sur­ren­der travel doc­u­ments, not leave the prov­ince with­out per­mis­sion and not in­ter­fere with wit­nesses.

Ahmed Haf­fe­jee (third from right) the man who al­legedly stabbed the Moulana at a mosque in Dur­ban and is linked to the Dur­ban bomb­ings leaves the Veru­lam mag­is­trate’s court af­ter be­ing granted bail - PHOTO: Jackie Clausen/Sun­day Times

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