Keabetswe Shilakwe | 18 January 2017
Speculation surrounds new evidence that has surfaced regarding the case of the Thulsie twins, forcing the state to postpone it again. The twins remain incarcerated as their trial continues.
Twin brothers, Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, were arrested on three counts of terrorism in 2016. Since then, their case has been postponed a number of times. The twins’ lawyers said they are skeptical regarding information presented by the Kenyan and British secret services that led to the postponing of the case yesterday.
“We treat evidence coming out of Kenya with some degree of suspicion and the British security services are also not too gentle with procurement of information…”
Lawyers argued in court that the twins’ arrest was not legal. They, however, did not request bail as it would seem like the twins are guilty of the crimes that are pitted against them. Documents will be signed before the twins reappear in court on Friday. These documents will allow the state to use the information presented by the international security services against the twins.
“The evidence has been so far very vague and very broad. We don’t know if the evidence can stand up in a court of law, it hasn’t had any chance to actually be argued in court.”
Claims have been made regarding the separation of the twins in jail. Due to the gravity of the case, the twins have been separated from the rest of the inmates and from each other. The family has taken on some emotional strain as the mother’s health suffers. She is said to have seen a doctor many times and has lost weight.
“She really wants some closure on the issue which is quite understandable.”
Karen Jayes, the family spokesperson, said she is concerned about a police affidavit that has surfaced. In this report, an ISIS representative allegedly made contact with one of the twins, trying to lure him into making incriminating statements online. This representative was later discovered to be a U.S informant who was undercover.
The twins’ next appearance will take place on Friday, the 20th, at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court. A Facebook page for the Thulsie twins has been set up. The family asks for support in and out of court as the trial progresses.
We can only hope and pray the truth prevails as the family goes through this dark time.
For more information visit: Free Thulsie TWINS on Facebook and the hashtag, #Thulsietwins, can be used to voice opinions, concerns, and support.
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