Men suspected of planning assassinations in their native India were traced to South Africa in 2016 – but where are they now and where are the police?
Testimony in a United States court has revived uncomfortable memories of another global crime kingpin who operated in our borders, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.
Ibrahim’s name came up during testimony by Vicky Goswami, the notorious mandrax smuggler who lived in South Africa in the early 1990s and turned state witness following his extradition to the US from Kenya in 2017.
For a quarter of a century, India has been hunting Ibrahim as the alleged mastermind behind a series of bombings which ripped through Mumbai in 1993, killing some 260 people.
Ibrahim was subsequently suspected of infiltrating South Africa and pumping mandrax across the borders before moving his operations to Dubai and then Pakistan, where he is alleged to have forged ties with al-Qaeda.
In 2016 four men suspected of being part of his syndicate were traced to South Africa.
Men tied to one of the world’s most-wanted terror suspects allegedly planned political killings in India while they were hiding out in South Africa.
One of their intended targets was identified as “Advocate Modi”, a possible reference to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
One of their alleged ...........