The trio kingpins and nine other suspects arrested for the deadly attack on the Imam Hussein Mosque in Ottawa and a spate of bomb threats in shopping malls and other venues in and around KwaZulu-Natal, appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where only one of them was released on bail.
Goolam Rasheed Haffejee (37) a Parlock resident, was granted bail of R100 000 and faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and a few other violations.
The remaining duo, Asherville businessman, Farhad Hoomer (42), and Eshowe Hills resident, Ahmad Haffejee (28), a relative of Goolam, are in custody at Westville Prison together with the nine others including, Mohammed Akbar (21) of Umbilo, Muhammed Adil Sobrun (19) of Durban, Amani Mayan of Reservoir Hills, Thabit Mwenda (28) of Reservoir Hills, Mohammed Seidth (24) of Reservoir Hills, Abubakari Ali (41) of Overport, Omar Iddy (38) of Reservoir Hills, Ndikumana Umande (42) of Durban and Abasi Juma (41) of the DRC. Iddy and Umande are both citizens of Burundi.
The 11 suspects will make a formal bail application on Monday, 22 October. Charges against seven suspects in the initial arrest of 19 men were provisionally withdrawn in court on Monday.
The seven who have been granted a temporary reprieve are foreign nationals, Alimasi Abele (50) and Hakim Hatunguman (36) who reside in Sydenham, Nashir Sayid (37) an Ethiopian national residing in Gauteng, Naadir Khan (28) of Musgrave, Tariq Karrim (19) of Durban, Alibar Umar (20) of Sydenham and Alrich Brown (41) of Overport.
Haffejee has maintained his innocence and made a solid plea for bail citing him being the sole breadwinner for his family, including his four children who relied on him for survival. As part of Haffejee’s bail conditions, he was instructed to hand over his passport to the investigating officer and he is not permitted to leave KZN without attaining written consent from the investigating officer. Several raids by Hawks members at homes, places of worship and business premises in KZN yielded the multiple arrests where a Durban businessman was found chained and in a state of malnourishment in a dungeon-like room at a worship site in the city centre.
It is alleged that he was being held for ransom by his kidnappers.