Two Bangladeshi Nationals arrested for allegedly soliciting bribe to withdraw a rape case in Phalaborwa granted bail


By Staff Reporter

PHALABORWA-Two foreign nationals who allegedly bribed Edmond Mbetse of Speak Out were both released on R3000 bail on Friday. Rafique Ullah and L. Rahma appeared in the Phalaborwa Magistrate Court for a formal bail application.

Mbetse was in the forefront of community protests when the two approached him with a bribe. This is after a 10-year-old was raped by a foreign shop owner in Namakgale. His brothers later approached Mbetse with a R10 000 bribe for him to speak to the family of the 10-year-old to withdraw the case. They also promised to give the family R15 000. Mbetse did not accept the money but called the police on them.

The two were released on conditions that they report to Namakgale Police Station every Wednesday between 07h00 – 16h30.

They were also banned from travelling outside the country while the case is on-going. They were requested that they submit their travel documents to the court.

The two accused will appear again before the Phalaborwa Magistrate Court on the 27th of July at 08h00.

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