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Absence of other defendants is disputed in court, argues senior prosecutor – SABC News

The state’s lead attorney, Nazeer Cassim, has argued that the absence of other defendants in court in the case involving R25 million paid by the Free State Department of Agriculture to Nulane Investment is moot in court.

Iqbal Sharma, Nulane’s sole director, emerged during the court case.

His co-defendant and brother-in-law, Dinesh Patel, missed the trial.

However, he managed to persuade Judge Martha Mbhele in good time before the expiration of the in a Arrest warrant issued against him by the judge.

Both defendants say their flights were delayed due to adverse weather conditions.

The court should have completed all pre-trial issues before the trial is scheduled for January 23 to March 3 next year.

However, the defense has asked for more time to study a 300-page document it said it received 24 hours before the court session.

National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA) Directorate of Investigation (ID) spokeswoman Sindisiwe Seboka says the state has a case.

“Questions from some of the defendants have been answered this month. Then we learned in court today that they will demand more and better information. We and the various legal representatives have also set a schedule for when the submissions will be sent. We have informed the court that we will comply as best we can. We’ll make sure we’ve done our bit by the time we return in September,” adds Seboka.

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Judge Martha Mbele had previously warned lawyers for those accused who failed to show up in court on time that she would take steps to keep them in a place that would ensure they were present in court if necessary.-Reporting by Kamogelo Seekoei

Absence of other defendants is disputed in court, argues senior prosecutor – SABC News

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