THE Welkom magistrate's court yesterday granted local businessman Gavin Brasher, who is linked to illegally dumping medical waste in the Free State, conditional bail of R50000.
Magistrate Magda van der Laan told Brasher to hand over his passport to police and prohibited him from interfering with at least two state witnesses. The matter was postponed to April 7.
Brasher was arrested on Monday by the Green Scorpions and police after he allegedly threatened and intimidated state witnesses.
Van der Laan held that the state's case, as far as it was based on information from a police informant of a planned assassination of one of Brasher's business partners, was totally "unsubstantiated".
The court found the informant's revelations of a so-called planned assassination attempt on Kevin Rabie, shortly after an initial planned kidnapping of Rabie's child, was "speculative".
The court heard these potential acts against Rabie were in retaliation for him telling authorities about the dumped waste.
Van der Laan said a more serious allegation faced by Brasher was the alleged intimidation of a former employee at Maximus Bricks, Christiaan van Loggerenberg. - Sapa