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Bangladeshi men accused of kidnapping, murdering compatriot out on R10k bail

Three of the four suspects accused of kidnapping and murdering Rezaul Amin Molla were granted bail by the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court. The fourth suspect abandoned his bail application.

ACCUSED IN INTERNATIONAL KIDNAPPING GRANTED BAIL

Mohammed Alamin, 26, Fuzlol Alom, 36, Mohammed Solayman Ahmed, 34, and Mohammed Rahman, 27, face charges of murder, kidnapping and attempted extortion.

Rahman faces an additional charge of being in South Africa illegally. He abandoned his bail application while his co-accused were granted R10 000 bail.

The accused were arrested in January in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Molla in December 2021.

“It is alleged that on 16 December 2021 the four accused kidnapped a man, also Bangladeshi, in Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga and drove with him to Vanderbijlpark where they assaulted him.

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“They then took a video of him and sent it to his family in Bangladesh, demanding that the family pay them money for his release,” said NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana.

The accused allegedly killed Molla a few days later after they received no response from his family. The deceased’s body was dumped in Bophelong where it was discovered by a passerby on 30 December.

READ: International ransom: Four suspects arrested for kidnapping and murder

The four allegedly confessed to committing the offences after appearing at the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court on 4 March.

The State opposed bail for the accused, saying it was not in the best interest of justice. Advocate Grobler told the court the men were a flight risk as there was nothing binding them to the country besides the shop they own, which is worth about R200 000.

Grobler said the charges they face are serious and could lead to them fleeing South Africa.

“She added that the accused might interfere with witnesses that are in Bangladesh and influence them. 

“She also informed the court that the accused are being investigated for a similar offence which they committed before the current one, therefore they are likely to commit the same offence again should they be released on bail,” said the NPA spokesperson.

Despite the State’s arguments, the court granted bail for three of the accused with the condition that they report to the police station every Monday and Friday between 9:00 and 16:00.

They are also not allowed to leave the Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, and Boipatong areas.

The Magistrate said she does not believe the accused are a flight risk as they own properties in the country and are asylum seekers in South Africa.

The next court appearance is expected on 1 July. The matter was postponed for further investigation.

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