South African police to oppose bail for Islamic State terror suspects
The suspects had appeared briefly in court on Tuesday after their matter was once again postponed. The two have appointed a new legal team and this pushed back their bail application.
All in order to cause to endanger life, cause death and serious bodily harm
The twins, Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie were arrested along with two others on July 10, by the police’s special investigation unit, the Hawks during an operation in Johannesburg suburbs of Newclare and Azaadville.
The four had reportedly planned to go to Syria to join IS.
The Thulsie brothers face three counts relating to engaging in acts of terrorism. According to media reports, the provisional charge sheet indicates the twins had, between October 2015 and 8 July 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 within South Africa.
“All in order to cause to endanger life, cause death and serious bodily harm and the destruction or substantial damage to such institutions, and, in the pursuance of such conspiracy, incite or spread feelings of terror in the civilian population of South Africa and in particular the US and the Jewish sector thereof and to intimidate the government of the United States of America,” the charges read.
Another charge related to the alleged plan by the brothers to leave for Syria to join IS.
The 23-year-olds will remain in custody until their next court appearance next Monday.