Retrial of World Cup convicts continues

The two Algerians accused of stealing money from a woman during the World Cup will appear again in...

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The two Algerians accused of stealing money from a woman during the World Cup will appear again in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Last month, a special World Cup court found the pair guilty of theft and sentenced them to 18 months in jail. But last week the North Gauteng High Court overturned the judgment citing a miscarriage of justice and ordered a retrial for the two men.

Lawyers for Yagoubi Nabil and Azibe Salim have been in and out of court for nearly two weeks trying to secure the release of the two men.

They convinced high court Judge Ferdie Preller that various pre-trial procedures were not followed and that their clients did not receive a fair trial.

On Friday, the matter was postponed in the Kempton Magistrate’s Court to allow prosecutors to draft a plea bargain. It is understood the men will either plead guilty and accept a fine or the state may drop the charges all together.

Either way the pair hopes they will be allowed to go home soon.