JOHANNESBURG - Sandton police said they were searching for a main suspect, after a Jordanian banker allegedly had €197, 044 (about R2 million) stolen from his hotel room safe in Sandton, Johannesburg.
A Sandton Holiday Inn porter appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, after he was found in possession of stolen money amounting to €5, 000. But the main suspect, who is believed to be a senior security staff member at the hotel, is on the run.
Dr Farid Alshabbar, a banker to several royal families in Saudi Arabia, insists the money in his safe was brought into the country legally and that he has the documentation to prove it. He said he was using the money to gamble during his trip to the country.
He claimed his Rolex watch was also stolen, but said a kilogram of gold was left behind.
Eyewitness News approached the South African Revenue Service and the South African Reserve Bank for comment to establish whether the money was declared when he entered the country in June.
Alshabbar claims he discovered the cash was missing when he opened his hotel room safe on Saturday evening.
The hotel confirmed a case had been opened, but would not say whether any of its staff members were involved.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)