A massive data hunt is under way as police go through hundreds of pages of data regarding the alleged terrorist activity of Newclare twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie.
The brothers appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on 20 July, where they face three counts of terrorism. These include alleged attempts to join Islamic State, and alleged plans to attack Jewish and US interests in South Africa.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the police’s cyber-forensic unit had given data to investigators that had been taken from the twins’ electronic devices.
According to Times Live, the data includes conversations from encrypted social media groups. The police hope this data will provide proof and information relating to the planned attacks as well as those involved in the twins’ recruitment.
Times Live reports that on 19 July police received assistance from people with knowledge of the twins’ alleged terrorist activities.
The brothers will apply for bail on Monday.
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