Magistrate Sandra Mupindu remanded them in custody to 22 Julye as there was no interpreter who could speak Pakistani language. The two cannot speak English.
“They shall not be asked to plead because of language barriers. They are remanded in custody to 22 June,” said Mupindu.
Appearing worn out, tired and looking confused when they entered court, the two Pakistani nationals did not say a word even to each other.
One plain clothes police officer accompanied the two suspects into court and there were no high levels of security normally preferred when dealing with people suspected to terrorism.
The lack of tight security around the suspected terrorists suggested the Zimbabwe authorities don’t think that they were on a terrorism mission.
Prosecutor, Rufaro Mhandu led the state saying the two were caught at Beitbridge Border Post trying to cross into South Africa using Tanzanian Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) with fake names.
This is in sharp contradiction to reports when they were arrested that they were using Kenyan passports. They also had their original passports but it was not clear yesterday why they did not use them preferring the fake Tanzanian ETDs.
Muhammad was using the forged Tanzanian travel document under the name Stanley Celestimo Mgazawa.
“The accused was seated in a bus whilst other passengers alighted proceeding to immigration officials. During a physical recheck done by immigration on the passengers’ travel documents, upon entering the bus, it was discovered that the accused had not presented himself to the officers.
“The accused had no lawful right to fail to present himself to an immigration officer in the manner he did. Upon being requested to produce his travel document, it was discovered that the accused had in his possession a forged Tanzanian travel document serial number AB08988867,” read the state case against Muhammad.
Ahmed’s state case is the same as his co-accused.
The address used by Muhammad in the court papers is 5/15 Ghoray, Sha Road, Lahore, Pakistan.
According to information from Interpol an Imran Muhammad is wanted in connection with “crimes against life, health and terrorism” for his involvement in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead.
The arrest has created an interest in South Africa with security officials there believing that the suspects wanted to disrupt the World Cup through terror attacks especially on Western countries participating at the football showcase.
This was heightened by the fact that both went out of their way to acquire Tanzanian travel documents when they had their own passports. They flew all the way from Saudi Arabia to Tanzania and decided to travel the grueling journey to South Africa by road.