National 29.7.2016 03:04 pm

State submits ‘proof’ Thulsie twins were to join IS

These photographs formed part of the investigating officer's affidavit in the matter against Johannesburg twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie.

These photographs formed part of the investigating officer's affidavit in the matter against Johannesburg twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie.

The Thulsie brothers face three charges each relating to engaging in acts of terrorism.

The State on Friday has submitted an affidavit, detailing what it said was proof that twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie had planned to leave SA for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (IS).

The Thulsie twins, who were arrested more than two weeks ago, are accused of plotting a terror attack in which they allegedly planned to detonate explosions at a US Mission in South Africa and at Jewish institutions in the country.

During proceedings at the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Chris MacAdam handed up an affidavit by investigating officer Wynand Olivier in which he provided photographs, as well as information of items he found when the twins were arrested.

In the affidavit, Olivier said that he had evidence that indicated that the Thulsie twins attempted to leave South Africa on two occasions, as well as that a bank account was opened where a member of IS based outside the country allegedly deposited money to fund their trip to Syria.

Olivier also included a photograph of a social media post where one of the twins apparently criticised Muslims for condemning IS after recent Paris attacks.

The defence counsel for the twins have this week argued for their release, saying they had been unlawfully arrested.

The pair were arrested, along with two others, on July 10 by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) during a operation in Newclare and Azaadville.

The Thulsie brothers both face three counts relating to engaging in acts of terrorism. The provisional charge sheet indicates the twins had, during the period between October 2015 and and July 8, 2016, conspired to commit terrorist activities in Johannesburg.

The State alleges the brothers “unlawfully and intentionally conspired to commit the crime of terrorism” by planning to cause explosions at a mission of the United States of America and Jewish institutions in South Africa. The conspiracy and incitement were linked to the “political, religious or ideological motives” of IS, read the charges.

The matter was postponed to August 1.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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