Two ‘firearm dealers’ due in court this week



October 31, 2016
Two ‘firearm dealers’ due in court this week

WEAPONS CHARGES: Irshaad Laher allegedly sold seized guns to gangs. CREDIT: Lulama Zenzile

Laher and Raves face a series of charges, namely, of corruption, theft of firearms and ammo, among others.

A Cape businessman accused of selling guns to gangsters is expected back in court this week.

Irshaad Laher, 41, and his co-accused Alan Raves, 46, are facing charges of corruption, money laundering, theft of firearms and ammunition as well as the possession of prohibited firearms and racketeering.

The men will be receiving their trial date this week.

Laher is accused of buying over 2000 firearms meant for destruction from former policeman, Colonel Christiaan Prinsloo, for R100 each and selling them at a marked up price of R4500 to skollies, raking in a profit of R9 million.

Prinsloo is already serving an 18-year prison term and is expected to testify against Laher during the trial.

In August, Laher applied to the court to have over R4 million of his assets unfrozen.

This after the Asset and Forfeiture Unit clamped down on his belongings after finding out just days after his release on bail, Laher sold off his shares in two Spur and two Nando’s franchises.

He was released on R100 000 bail following his arrest in June.

Prinsloo’s stolen guns have been linked to murders and attempted murders in Belhar, Hanover Park, Wesbank and Delft.

The youngest victim was six-year-old Leeana van Wyk who was shot in her head outside her Hanover Park home in September 2012. The child survived the incident.

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