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Court to rule on Dimitrov's case

A Bulgarian man will know whether he will face fraud and tax evasion charges next week.

A Bulgarian man will know whether he will face fraud and tax evasion charges next week.

JOHANNESBURG - The Randburg Magistrates Court is expected to rule next week on whether evidence seized during a drugs bust in Lonehill in 2012 will be used against a Bulgarian man arrested that day.

Apanas Dimitrov is facing charges of drug trafficking, fraud, tax evasion and being in possession of false identity documents.

A trial-within-a-trial was held this week during which suspended police spokesman McIntosh Polela testified.

With closing arguments now wrapped up the court is expected to pass judgment next Friday.

Dimitrov has claimed the raid at his house was unlawful and was led by the police and not by the South African Revenue Service (Sars) which means a warrant should have been obtained.

If the court rules in Dimitrov's favour, the case against him could collapse.

Polela testified about leading journalists through the crime scene but denied this contaminated it in any way.

Dimitrov testified in his defence while the state called several police and Sars officials.