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Cape Town - Rashied Staggie’s lawyer believes drugs found in his jail cell are part of a sinister plot to keep the former gang boss behind bars.
With just over three weeks before Staggie is set to be released on day parole on September 29, advocate Janos Mihalik says the shock drug find does not put his parole in jeopardy.
Mihalik on Wednesday told the Daily Voice that the State must have evidence to link the drugs to his client.
“There were 30 people in the same cell and only one of them is being reported on,” Mihalik says. “They must have evidence that it belongs to him.”
Tik and cellphones were found in the cell at the Breede River Prison in Worcester, which Staggie shares with 29 other prisoners, two weeks ago.
If the drugs are linked to the former Hard Livings boss, it may jeopardise his parole.
Mihalik says it is likely the drugs were planted as a set-up. “Yes, it is very likely that this was a set-up,” he says.
“There were three generals in this corrupt government that opposed his parole.”
Mihalik did not mince his words when he blamed authorities for putting Staggie’s life at risk when he is released.
“They deliberately granted him day parole and ordered him to report to Pollsmoor (prison) and not Goodwood, which is closer to his home,” he adds.
“They did this so he can be followed and killed.
“The gangsters, government, or whoever, want him assassinated like his brother.”
Mihalik also rubbished claims that Staggie ordered an attack on his rape victim.
The 30-year-old Manenberg woman was shot in July, allegedly by Hard Livings gangsters. It was her testimony that saw Staggie jailed.
Staggie is serving a 15-year prison sentence for kidnapping and raping the woman.
“It’s madness!” said Mihalik.
“Why would Staggie want to shoot her now? He said he’d forgiven her completely and that was a long time ago.
“He heard she was shot, but there were many people after her.”