Thulsie twins back in court for terrorism

African News Agency


The bail application of twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie is expected to continue in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The Thulsie twins are accused of contravening the Terrorism Act and plotting to blow up a US Mission and Jewish institutions in South Africa on behalf of terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

They 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 four had also reportedly planned to go to Syria to join ISIL.

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”, planning to cause explosions at a mission of the United States of America and Jewish institutions located with South Africa. The conspiracy and incitement were linked the “political, religious or ideological motives” of the ISIL, read the charges.

On Tuesday, the matter was postponed after the court heard that the 23-year-old twins stated in their affidavits that they felt they had been unlawfully arrested.

Annelene Van den Heever, for the Thulsie twins, requested that Du Plessis make an order for them to be moved to the Sandton police station.

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