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2 ethnic Indians held on terror charges back in SA

August 29, 2008 18:15 IST

Two South Africans of Indian ethnic origin, who were arrested in Uganda as 'terror suspects', arrived home in Johannesburg on Friday following intervention by the government, which has now sought 'explanation' from Kampala for detaining its citizens.

Mufti Hoosen Bhayat and Haroon Saley, who arrived in Johannesburg, were immediately taken to their homes in the township of Lenasia.

Bhayat and Saley were arrested by Ugandan police while waiting at Entebbe International Airport last Sunday.

They were arrested as 'terror suspects', but no charges were pressed.

South Africa's [Images] Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said in an interview that they had taken up the matter with the Ugandan government and called for the release of the two men if they were not to be charged.

"Now that they have returned home we want a clear explanation as to why the two South Africans were arrested in the first place," said Pahad, adding, "It will also give us an answer as to why we have these types of arrests."

Bhayat and Saley are members of the Crescent Relief Organisation, which provides humanitarian assistance to people in African countries.

Muslim organisations in South Africa have accused certain African countries of being 'puppets' of the United States in targeting Muslims. They said 'Islamaphobia' was getting out of hand in many parts of the world.




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