Poachers’ attorney busted by the Hawks

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Cape Town - The lawyer who once represented suspects embroiled in one of the biggest poaching syndicates in the Cape has been busted by the Hawks.

Anthony Broadway was arrested this week by the elite team for charges relating to racketeering, money laundering, fraud and the FICA Act.

The well-known Cape Town lawyer was placed in handcuffs at his home in Boston, Bellville, on Tuesday and made a brief court appearance.

Broadway was granted bail of R250 000 and was requested to pay R100 000 on the spot and the remainder by March 28.

Broadway is expected to share the dock with alleged poaching kingpin Frank Barends on Friday at the Cape High Court alongside 25 others.

Barends and his co-accuseds are currently on trial where they face 534 charges, some which include illegal possession of abalone, racketeering and corruption all relating to activities in and around the Gansbaai area.

Among the suspects are a police officer, Barends’ wife Josephine and his bookkeeper Sarah Dunsdon.

Broadway previously represented Barends and some of the other accused who cops say are part of a massive syndicate.

Chinese national Ran Wei, who allegedly funded and ran the syndicate, is still missing.

Pre-trial proceedings are expected to continue today.

On Thursday, provincial police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed Broadway’s charges.

“The accused was arrested for a case involving racketeering, money laundering, fraud and FICA Act,” he says.

“He appeared in court and will appear in the Cape Town High Court on March 15 with the other accused.”

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