A group of suspects, who have been accused of having connections to ISIS, have had the case against them struck off the roll this week. The men were said to have organised a terror campaign across Durban in 2018, culminating in the murder of a worshiper at a mosque in Verulam, near Durban.
Their rap sheet includes threats to bomb local Woolworths stores and an alleged plot to target the Durban July event of that year. Explosive devices were found at the scene of the mosque killing, and Abbas Essop succumbed to his injuries at the scene. However, the suspects – listed here – walked free on Monday
The ‘ISIS-linked’ cohort was given a reprieve due to the number of times they had been dragged back to court, only for delays and postponements to halt proceedings. This happened on several occasions, and the judge has reasoned that this has prejudiced the group’s chances of presenting their case in a fair and unbalanced manner.
A directive from the director of public prosecutions (DPP) in KwaZulu-Natal could reinstate the case, and the prosecution has vowed to continue their work. Mahen Naidu is a representative for the legal team, and he has reiterated that he and his colleagues will do everything they can to bring th Verulam group back to the dock.
BREAKING NEWS: The NPA in KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed that the case against the twelve accused on charges relating to terrorism, has been struck off the roll. The case is in relation to the attack on the Ottawa mosque in 2018, where a man was killed #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/GvU5KN2xNv— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) July 14, 2020