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ALL charges against the chief executive of the Islam Channel, a UK-based TV channel broadcast on DStv, were yesterday dropped in the Kempton Park magistrate's court, the Media Review Network said.
MRN chairperson Iqbal Jassat said: "Muhammed Ali Harrath had to appear in court this morning, all charges against him have been withdrawn."
MRN was, however, concerned about the circumstances of his arrest on January 24. "What was very strange is that he was not detected at the migration's parameters at the (OR Tambo) airport. It was outside the parameters of migrations where two people, claiming to be from Interpol, arrested him."
Harrath was arrested when his passport was scanned and showed that he was on Interpol's most wanted list.
The MRN, on his behalf, obtained an interdict from the Pretoria high court preventing Harrath from being extradited to Tunisia. He was released on condition that he report back to the court two months after his appearance.
Harrath was a political refugee who sought asylum in the UK after leaving Tunisia about 20 years ago. He obtained a work permit in the UK where he lived with his family.
The MRN said if Harrath were to be sent back to Tunisia, he faced the death penalty as the maximum sentence, or a minimum of life imprisonment, apparently for his political activism. - Sapa