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SA men to apply for bail in Zim over buried chopper

Lawrence Botha and Pieter Marais were arrested last week after police unearthed the wreckage of a helicopter.

A Zimbabwe court is due to hear a bail application today for two South African men arrested in Zimbabwe at a ranch run by businessman Frikkie Lutzkie. Picture: RSC Inc.

HARARE - A Zimbabwe court is due to hear a bail application today for two South African men arrested in Zimbabwe at a ranch run by businessman Frikkie Lutzkie.

Lawrence Botha and Pieter Marais were arrested last week after authorities unearthed the wreckage of a helicopter at the farm and accused Lutzkie of flying the aircraft into the country illegally.

Botha (66) and Marais (43) have been in custody now for six days.

The state-run _Chronicle _says they're facing charges of violating Zimbabwe's Immigration Act.

The two were picked up after police and soldiers unearthed the wreckage of a helicopter at Doddieburn ranch in southern Gwanda district.

Lutzkie runs safaris at the ranch but now he's under suspicion from the authorities.

He claims he had the wreckage buried to stop it from catching fire and harming by-standers but Zimbabwe's civil aviation authority insists he breached national security by flying into the country illegally.

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