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'Gun-dealing' cop denied bail, again

By unknown | Sep 26, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zinhle Mapumulo

Zinhle Mapumulo

Ekurhuleni metro policeman Richard Msibi who was arrested for allegedly selling arms to robbers was refused bail yesterday.

Msibi, 55, pleaded for his release on bail during his appearance at the Germiston magistrate's court. He said he wanted to be released so that he could take care of his sick wife and look after his properties.

He is facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

The state argued that his absence from home has not had any effect on his wife's health or his properties since he was arrested.

State prosecutor Thabo Motlanthe opposed bail, saying Msibi was a liar who failed to disclose all his previous convictions and it would not be wise to release him on bail because his life would be in danger.

"The people who are involved in his alleged gun and ammunition dealings would kill him. It is in the interest of justice that Msibi remains behind bars until his case is finalised," said Mothlante.

But Msibi said he would not be in danger as he can take care of himself.

"All I am asking is for the court to grant me bail because my wife is ill. She needs somebody to take care of her," pleaded Msibi.

He denied knowledge of a previous conviction of assault in 1985. But he admitted that he was convicted of trafficking in gold in 1986 and also convicted of firearm theft before that.

The case was postponed to October 25 for further investigations.

Msibi was arrested at a hostel in Actonville, Benoni. He was found in possession of 122 AK47 and 103 9mm rounds.

Police later searched his house and found three firearms and more ammunition.


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