Brothers cleared of R100m OR Tambo airport heist

A South African Airways plane at OR Tambo International was the scene of the R100-million heist. (Gallo)

A South African Airways plane at OR Tambo International was the scene of the R100-million heist. (Gallo)

Cape Town lawyer Rooshdeen Rudolph and his brother, baker Shaheed, who were facing several charges including attempted murder and robbery related to the 2006 heist, have now been acquitted.

They were acquitted on all charges in the high court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge on Tuesday, the Star reported on Thursday.

The brothers had been implicated in a March 25 2006 robbery at OR Tambo International Airport.

Twenty-four men held up guards and police on board a South African Airways plane at the airport and stole money bags that had been flown from the UK.

Damages
The brothers plan to claim R30-million in damages each from the state.

Speaking from Johannesburg on Wednesday, Rooshdeen Rudolph said: "We're ecstatic and relieved."

He said nothing would relieve him and Shaheed, a Pretoria resident, of the pain and trauma they had suffered.

Seven men were tried and sentenced for their involvement in the heist. Six are serving prison terms between eight to 22 years.

The case was subject to many delays, with one suspect becoming Diepkloof Prison's longest-held remand detainee. – Sapa

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