Court expected to rule on lawfulness of Thulsie twins' arrest

The twins' lawyers have argued that the police did not have sufficient evidence to arrest them.

Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - The Johannesburg Magistrates' Court is expected to rule today on the lawfulness of the arrest of the Thulsie twins on terror-related charges.

Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie's lawyers have argued that the police did not have sufficient evidence against the brothers to arrest them.

The Hawks swooped on the 23-year-old twins a month ago, on suspicion they had been plotting terrorist attacks against a US mission in Johannesburg as well as Jewish cultural sites.

The twins' defence team questioned the Hawks' reliance on documents seized at the homes of the twins and posts on their social media accounts to prove that they plotted terror attacks.

Hawks detective Wynand Olivier testified that police seized manuals on how to manufacture bombs and carry out a terrorist attacks.

He also told the court that the twins' social media accounts showed that they supported the Islamic State.

The defence team also questioned how merely attempting to travel to Turkey, allegedly to join the terrorist group in Syria, constituted an offense in terms of the laws the Hawks relied on to arrest the brothers.

If the defence is successful, the twins will be freed but if they fail, they will then have to apply for bail to secure their release.