The names of several alleged Jewish targets were revealed as part of legal proceedings for South African twin terror suspects Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie's, local media reported last week.
The allegedly ISIS-linked identical twins
were due to be indicted on 12 counts, according to a 13-page provisional indictment. The brothers appeared on Tuesday in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court‚ where their case was reportedly postponed to May.
According to the state indictment, South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, who works under the pseudonym Zapiro, was one target of the alleged terrorists.
“The said terrorist activities would have been perpetrated using firearms‚ explosives and possibly poisons and would have been directed against: the High Commission of the United Kingdom in Pretoria‚ the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Pretoria‚ the Embassy of the United States of America in Pretoria‚ the First Secretary to the French Mission in South Africa (Pretoria)‚ Mr J-B MP Prouhet [and] Jonathan Shapiro‚ a South African Jewish cartoonist," The Herald Live
The Jewish King David High School in Linksfield, Johannesburg, as well as Roy Topol, a Jewish investment manager, were also mentioned in the indictment as other planned targets.
According to the Herald Live
, the state alleged that Tony-Lee made contact with an ISIS network in order to plot to kill “Zapiro who drew the Messenger of Allah cartoon”.
The brothers attempted to leave South Africa using fake Lesotho passports in August 2015, according to the indictment.
The brothers were arrested July 2016 following a police search of their homes. The attack plots were allegedly made by the two between August 2015 and July 2016.