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Moti appears in court

Zunaid Moti handed himself over to the Hartebeesport Dam police station on Tuesday morning.

Johannesburg businessman Zunaid Moti and his wife in Sandton on 15 July, 2012. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

BRITS - Johannesburg businessman Zunaid Moti on Tuesday appeared in Brits Regional Court alongside two of his co-accused.

He faces attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery charges.

On Tuesday morning, Moti handed himself over to the Hartebeesport Dam police station.

Wearing a gray coat and neck scarf, he smiled at his wife when he was brought up from the holding cells.

Essa Badat and Carlos de Souza joined the controversial businessman in the dock.

The state is not opposing bail, but wants certain conditions attached to their release from custody.

Prosecutor Lucas Moseki wants the three men to hand over their passports and firearms. He also said the trio should not interfere with any of the state witnesses.

But Moti's lawyer Eddie Classen said his client is an astute businessman who needs to travel.

The magistrate will now have to decide whether Moti has to hand over his passport.

Eyewitness News understands that police arrested yet another man in connection with the case on Monday.

Four suspects, including twin brothers, were arrested in simultaneous raids in May.

On Sunday evening, police launched a small operation to execute several arrest warrants, but officials only managed to apprehend one suspect.

It is still not clear how Moti is involved in the alleged syndicate.