Hawks get go-ahead to seize records in gold-and-cash probe

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Hawks get go-ahead to seize records in gold-and-cash probe

Russian successfully applied to get his property back after initial seizure, but the Hawks remained suspicious

Cape Town bureau chief

A dealer in secondhand jewellery, who was arrested with 2kg of gold and R4m in cash, has failed to halt a Hawks investigation of his business.

Vladislav Ryvkine, the managing director of Oditrim, went to court to retrieve the gold and cash, which were seized when police stopped his car near Colesberg, Northern Cape.

His application succeeded, but the Hawks remained suspicious that the Russian businessman’s Bryanston jewellery company was involved in corruption, money-laundering, fraud or theft. They then obtained a subpoena for records of a precious metal refinery’s transactions with Oditrim...

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