'Death threats' in WMD case

A man who has turned state witness in a weapons of mass destruction case has allegedly received death threats, the Vanderbijlpark regional court heard on Friday.

This emerged during a bail application by two Randburg engineering company directors who were arrested during an international investigation into a nuclear trafficking network.

Gerhard Wisser and Daniel Geiges faced four charges under the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act and the Nuclear Energy Act. They were arrested shortly after similar charges were withdrawn against Vanderbijlpark engineering company director Johan Meyer.

Meyer has since turned state witness.

The court was told on Thursday that Meyer had received death threats and Wisser’s wife Erika is being investigated in this regard.

  • Beeld newspaper reported that German authorities were considering requesting South African authorities to hand Wisser over to them for further questioning because they believed he lied to them during his arrest in Germany earlier this year.

    The court was told that the two had allegedly amassed massive fortunes through the alleged involvement in an international syndicate and that Wisser had three international bank accounts. - Sapa

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