A Mozambican alleged kidnapping kingpin denied bail

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Tembisa Magistrates’ Court denied bail to the alleged kidnapping kingpin Esmael Ramos Nangy, who is sought by the Mozambique government. The South African authorities received a request for the provisional arrest of Nangy on 13 July 2022, from the requesting state in Mozambique, following its indictment against Nangy on charges of kidnapping and criminal association.

Gauteng NPA Spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said Nangy approached the court with a formal application to be released on bail, pending the outcome of the extradition hearing. “In his application, he cited that he runs a transport business that would be negatively impacted by his continued incarceration”.

Mjonondwane added that Senior State Advocate Michelle Bayat, presented evidence by way of affidavit, of the investigating officer, Kabelo Derrick Seanego, in opposing his release on bail, citing that Nangy is a flight risk.

“The affidavit further details the discrepancies on his passport when compared to the border control movements on the Department of Home Affairs system, in that the stamps on his passport did not tally with the number of movements captured on the system”. The State further argued that his release on bail would undermine the proper administration of justice.

The case is postponed to 12 April 2023, for the state to file its extradition documents.

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