Defence wants Cape gun peddling suspect's assets unfrozen

Since his arrest, Irshaad Laher’s assets worth more than R4 million have been frozen.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has been asked to unblock the assets of a Cape Town businessman implicated in a gun peddling case.

Irshaad Laher faces eight charges, including racketeering and corruption, for his alleged involvement in selling weapons to gangsters.

The State says it had to file an urgent application to place Laher's monetary possessions under a restraint order.

The prosecution acted immediately after media reports that the 41-year-old had started selling shares in restaurant businesses.

The order was granted last month and Laher's assets worth more than R4 million were frozen.

The defence is now calling on the court to set aside the order, arguing the State did not place sufficient evidence before the judge who granted the application.