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Terror charges in KZN’s ‘IS’ double murder case were dropped. ...


Terror charges in KZN’s ‘IS’ double murder case were dropped. Why?

Three accused of killing Cape couple in 2018 were initially charged on four counts of terrorism-related activity


On March 1 2018 reporters flocked to the Verulam magistrate’s court, north of Durban, many hoping to get a glimpse of a couple who had been implicated in a double murder case which had links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS). 

In the months that followed the faces of Bibi Fatima Patel, 28, and her partner Sayfudeen Aslam Del Vecchio, 39, would become synonymous with IS as the state painted the pair as having strong links to the terror-related organisation. 

Their arrests followed the disappearance of British-born Cape Town botanists Rodney and Rachel Saunders, who went missing on February 10 that year while near Ngoye Forest in northern KZN. Their bodies were later discovered washed up, and the elderly couple was believed to have been murdered and flung off a bridge into the crocodile-infested Tugela River.  ..

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