Prosecution must tread carefully with terrorism cases says defence analyst

The South African law enforcement agencies need to be very careful with how they handle the case of the group charged for activities related to terrorism, according to defence analyst, Helmoed Heitman.

Heitman says there are two key things that the prosecution should aware about.

One needs to be careful prosecuting terrorists, or people you believe to be terrorists, because you don't give too much information about how you got them in the first place, and you really don't want to give all of that away. It's always a fine line how do you prosecute someone like that in a normal open court.

Helmoed Heitman, defence analyst

We have to be very careful that we don't take an incident like this and turn the rest of us against the entire Muslim community and regard them as terrorists because they aren't. They have got to be real sure about what they doing before they do it.

Helmoed Heitman, defence analyst

It's a difficult one to handle because you don't want to subvert the rule of law in the country. On the other hand you also don't want to unravel your Intelligence System inadvertently. So, it requires bit of a fine line, and requires a judge who can exercise his mind on the issue.

Helmoed Heitman, defence analyst

Brandon-Leeand his identical twin brother Tony-Lee Thulsie‚ 23‚ were charged on Monday with conspiring with others to blow up targets inside South Africa‚ including a mission of the United States of America.

Brotherand sister Ibrahim and Fatima Patel were also arrested‚ on charges involving the illegal possession of explosives and ammunition.

Heitman says these two cases are going to be among the most difficult ones.

Listen to the full interview below...


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