Bittersweet victory for ‘Isis mastermind’ as bombing case is ditched
A two-year probe into Verulam ‘terror attacks’ comes to nought, but state warns that accused mustn’t rest easy
When Farhad Hoomer walked into the Verulam magistrate’s court on Monday, facing charges of murder, attempted murder, extortion and terrorism, little did he or his 11 co-accused know that they would walk out free men — at least for now.
Hoomer, whom the state charged as the “mastermind” behind a series of bombings in Durban in 2018, told Times Select his family and friends were traumatised by his arrested and subsequent court appearances, which have been ongoing for the past year and nine months.
“I have lost most of my business. I had to sell some of my properties just to pay bills. The state has made a big mistake by wrongfully arresting me and refuses to admit it. Our lives and good standing in the community have been ruined forever. We have suffered immensely and will seek recourse for damages against the state,” Hoomer said on Monday. ..