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schumi

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Isis suspect in couple's disappearance leads cops to croc-infested Tugela River


Hopes of finding missing couple Rod and Rachel Saunders alive have all but slipped away with police charging a man linked to their disappearance with two counts of murder.

Ahmad Jackson Mussa‚ 36‚ who carries the ominous moniker “Bazooka”‚ appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s court on Monday.

He was arrested in a raid by Hawks counter-terror operatives at a hideway in Newlands‚ outside Durban.

Mussa‚ along with alleged Isis acolytes Sayfudeen Aslam del Vecchio‚ Fatima Patel and their teenage neighbour Themba Xulu‚ is accused of engineering the disappearance of the Cape Town-based British botanists in February.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...nce-leads-cops-to-croc-infested-tugela-river/
 

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Search continues for bodies in ISIS attack

The search for the bodies of a British-South African couple allegedly abducted and murdered by a gang of ISIS supporters is ongoing on the banks of the Tugela River.

Rodney and Rachel Saunders disappeared in February while searching for rare plants in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains near Vryheid.

In the weeks since their disappearance, the Hawks Crimes Against the State Unit, Durban Serious Organised Crime Unit and Durban Crime Intelligence KZN have arrested four people with alleged links to the ISIS terrorist group in connection with their kidnapping.

Two of the suspects, Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio (38) and his wife Fatima Patel (27), had been living in Umdloti for more than a year before their arrests.

Thembamandla Xulu (19) and Ahmad Jackson Mussa (36) were also arrested in connection with the crime.

Del Vecchio, Xulu and Patel were arrested at the end of February and a search of their rooms led to a five-week manhunt for Mussa, who was eventually found hiding out in Newlands.

Musa appeared in Verulam Magistrates court on Monday.

According to Hawks spokesperson captain Sipho Simphiwe, Musa led investigators to the banks of the Tugela, where the search for the bodies continues.

“The suspects have been charged with kidnapping and robbery.”

Simphiwe said the Hawks did not suspect any others were involved in the kidnapping. He would not speculate as to the possibility of there being more ISIS linked groups in KZN.

Del Vecchio lived in Umdloti last year when he allegedly torched Tongaat Hulett sugar fields worth about R2 million, after they demolished a tree house that he built in a forest between Umhlanga and Umdloti belonging to Tongaat Hulett.

A few Umdloti residents with knowledge of Del Vecchio’s activities had apparently kept their suspicions about his activities to themselves so as not to create panic.

This was until Del Vecchio apparently painted the ISIS logo on a Tongaat Hulett construction site.

The incident scared a number of residents and was reported to the Hawks.

However they only took notice of him when he later painted the ISIS logo on the King Shaka International Airport boundary.
https://northcoastcourier.co.za/105830/search-continues-bodies-isis-attack/
 

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Attorney rapped over the knuckles for ‘inappropriate’ behaviour in Isis case


Allegations of an attorney’s “unethical” conduct torpedoed the bail application of alleged Isis acolytes and murder accused Sayfudeen Aslam del Vecchio and Fatima Patel in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The couple‚ at the centre of a high-level counter terrorism probe‚ are accused alongside their teenage neighbour Themba Xulu and cohort Ahmad Jackson Mussa of the murder of Britons Rod and Rachel Saunders.

All four now face murder charges on top of a raft of others including robbery with aggravating circumstances‚ kidnapping‚ theft and terror charges.

Magistrate Chris Annamalai openly dressed down attorney Nadeem Mohamed‚ acting on behalf of del Vecchio and Patel‚ for “consulting” with Mussa before his appearance. Annamalai said Mohamed was conflicted in that the fourth suspect‚ also known as “Bazooka”‚ had made a statement to police which incriminated Del Vecchio and Patel and he should never have entertained the consultation.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...les-for-inappropriate-behaviour-in-isis-case/
 

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Four face terrorism charges

DURBAN - POLICE forensic experts are conducting DNA tests to determine if the badly decomposed body accidentally found by a fisherman in the Tugela River is that of missing British botanist Rod Saunders.

Saunders, 74, and his wife, Rachel, 63, were allegedly abducted by Islamic State-linked suspects after they went missing while travelling around a remote KZN forest on February 10.

“No conclusive findings have been made yet,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha.

“But we can confirm that DNA samples have been taken and sent to Pretoria for analysis to establish if the body is linked to the Saunders kidnap case.

“Investigators have also visited all morgues in the search area to determine if there are any other identified bodies that fit the time frame of the case.”
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/ios/news/four-face-terrorism-charges-14440281
 

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'Decomposed body is missing British botanist' - Hawks

Durban - The Hawks have confirmed that a body, found at the Tugela River in February, is that of missing UK botanist, Rodney Saunders. He and his wife, Rachel, went missing on February whilst they were in Kwazulu-Natal on a work assignment.

Hawks spokesperson, Captain Lloyd Ramovha, said the first set of forensic results were released on Wednesday. Saunders's body was found on February 17, by a local fisherman.

"Four suspects appeared in the Verulam Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. The Hawks’ intensive investigation led to the arrest of a couple; Sayfydeen Del Vecchio and Fatima Patel 38 and 27 respectively on February 16, following a raid at their dwelling. The pair has been in custody ever since they were arrested and they have appeared in court a few times," he said.
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/mercury/decomposed-body-is-missing-british-botanist-hawks-14645344
 

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CIA or FBI ‘staged’ murder of Cape Town botanists‚ says murder accused

Alleged Isis acolyte and murder accused Sayfudeen Aslam Del Vecchio claimed on Wednesday that the kidnapping and murder of Cape Town botanists Rod and Rachel Saunders may have been staged by the CIA or FBI.

Del Vecchio was speaking in court where he‚ along with his wife Fatima Patel‚ and a boarder‚ Ahmad Jackson Mussa‚ are alleged to have kidnapped the elderly couple in February while they toured KwaZulu-Natal.

Mortal remains of Rod Saunders were found on the Tugela River banks and identified using DNA profiling.
More at : https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...r-of-cape-town-botanists-says-murder-accused/
 

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Isis links of botanists' alleged killers 'exaggerated'

DURBAN - A former Northwood School learner and his partner, who are alleged to have Islamic State (Isis) links, are to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court again this week, charged with murdering 74-year-old British botanist Rod Saunders and his wife, Rachel, 64.

Grim details about the couple’s disappearance have already been heard by Verulam magistrate Valaramen Kathravaloo during the bail application of Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio, 38, and his wife, Fatima Patel, 27.

It is alleged that the couple, along with Ahmad “Bazooka” Mussa, abducted and murdered the Saunders, who were last seen alive in early February.

Del Vecchio and Patel also face charges under the Terrorism and Related Activities Act for allegedly flying an Isis flag at their Mtunzini homestead.

However, their attorney Yousha Tayob said the Isis allegation had been “exaggerated”.
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/sunday-tribun...otanists-alleged-killers-exaggerated-14806002
 

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Teen appears in court for well-known horticulturalists' kidnapping

One of the people accused of kidnapping world-renowned horticulturalists Rod and Rachel Saunders, made a brief appearance in the Verulam Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Themba Xulu, 19, was allegedly found in possession of cellphones belonging to the couple, shortly after police started investigating their disappearance. The couple has been missing since February.

The horticulturalists have South African and British citizenship and were allegedly kidnapped at or near the Bivane Dam in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal.

Xulu is charged in connection with their disappearance along with 36-year-old Malawian Ahmad Jackson Mussa, and couple Sayefudeen Del Vecchio, 37 and Fatima Patel, 27. They face charges of kidnapping, assault and robbery.
More at : https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...l-known-horticulturalists-kidnapping-20180509
 

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No bail for Isis-linked couple accused of killing elderly botanists

DURBAN – Two of the suspects accused of kidnapping and killing husband and wife botanists Rodney, 74, and Rachel Saunders, 63, were denied bail at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Magistrate Irfan Khallil told Fatima Patel, 27, and Sayefudeen Del Vecchio, 38, who are married in terms of Islamic rights, that he was satisfied there was strong prima facie evidence against them.

The suspects had not proven exceptional circumstances to warrant their release on bail, he said, as was required for a schedule six offence. Their release would “undermine public safety” and they might try to escape the country, he said.
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-af...accused-of-killing-elderly-botanists-14887755
 

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. Body of missing Cape botanist positively identified in KZN

DURBAN - THE missing body of Cape Town botanist Rachel Saunders has finally been found after a four month search.

Internationally renowned botanists Rachel Saunders, 63, and her husband Rod, 73, went missing on February 12, in the Bivane Dam area near Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal.

The husband's body was found in the crocodile infested Tugela River in April.

Hawks spokesperson, Captain Lloyd Ramovha, said Rachel's body had been positively identified..
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/sunday-tribun...otanist-positively-identified-in-kzn-15457196
 

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"Ramovha said DNA results had positively identified the body after an extensive search was done at mortuaries around the province to test for a match. He said the Hawks were still unaware where the body had been found."

So the mortuary had her body lying in cold storage but no one knows how it got there :eek:
 

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Perhaps
Because there are in fact ISIS training camps / resources in SA
and
The SA gov is not doing much about it
and
The Brits have to send their OWN people to do the work that the SA authorities should be doing
^^^this

or more correctly, ISIS can operate with impunity quite openly in SA,
nobody cares, as whos against SA in the world?
 
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