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Terror plot charges withdrawn

Bloemfontein - All charges against an Aberdeen farmer arrested in connection with an alleged rightwing plot to commit acts of terrorism were withdrawn by the State on Thursday.

Charges of treason and conspiracy to plan acts of terrorism were withdrawn against Louis Lategan, 31, during a brief appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court.

Johan Prinsloo, Mark Troller and Martin Keevey in the dock. Picture: Chris Collingridge. Credit: INLSA

The State gave no reasons for the withdrawal of the charges.

Lategan had been in custody since his arrest last week.

Earlier, Hein Boonzaaier, 50, of Centurion, was granted bail of R80 000 in relation to the same case.

Martin Keevy, 47, of Bloemfontein, Johan Prinsloo, 49, of Naboomspruit and Mark Trollip, 49, of Douglas, were denied bail.

They were arrested on December 16, for allegedly planning to kill African National Congress leaders by detonating a bomb at the party's national elective conference in Bloemfontein.

The men will appear again on March 25. - Sapa

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