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Lawyers in Sam Issa trial don’t want alleged middleman to testify

The first witness in this trial was finally set to take the stand this week but the matter was again delayed.

FILE: Crime scene investigators at the scene in Bedfordview where Sam Issa was shot and killed on 12 October 2013. Picture: @EdenvaleJourno/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers representing the accused in the Sam Issa murder trial want the judge to stop the alleged middleman from testifying because he was privy to private consultations with the accused.

They've been fighting against Bulgarian Mike Grigorov becoming a state witness.

Charges were dropped against Grigorov last week and he's now expected to get indemnity for his testimony.

Issa was gunned down in Bedfordview in October 2013.

Radovan Krejcir and three others are on trial for the murder.

The first witness in this trial was finally set to take the stand this week but the matter was again delayed as the accused brought several applications for postponements.

They are asking for more time because the prosecutor handed over a partial statement from Grigorov last week despite the alleged middleman having authored the affidavit a full two years ago.

Lawyers are furious that the state sat on this statement for so long and the prosecutor has refused to disclose the contents of the docket.

The accused also don't want Grigorov to testify because while he was a co-accused he was privy to numerous private consultations with the legal teams.

The case continues next Monday.

(Edited by Neo Koza)