What if I put it to you? Barry Roux allegedly set to defend the Bushiris

What if I put it to you? Barry Roux allegedly set to defend the Bushiris

- Roux will represent Bushir and his wife, who are due to apply for bail on Wednesday

- The couple is accused of fraud and money-laundering

- This is the latest in a series of scandals for Bushiri's ECG church, after a stampeded last year killed 3

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ECG Church's controversial Prophet Shepherd Bushiri will reportedly be presented by noted defence advocate Barry Roux.

Bushiri, who was recently in the news after a stampeded at his church premises, faces charges of money-laundering and fraud.

Previously, Barry Roux came to national prominence when he went head-to-head with Gerrie Nel during the Oscar Pistorius trial.

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This comes after Bushiri and his wife's arrest on Friday. The couple will return to appear in court on Wednesday.

The charges were in connection to a fraud operation the Bushiris are reportedly invovled with, as well as the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

According to the City Press, the NPA's Asset Forfeiture Unit has filed orders to seize some of the Bushiris' assets, including their cars and homes, as well as the prophet's private plane. 

However, a large crowed gathered at the ECG to protest against the couple's arrest.

Among those coming out in support of Bushiri was BLF's Andile Mngxitama, who said the arrest was part of a systemic assault on the church.

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According to reports, Roux will handle the Bushiris' case from Wednesay, when they are set to apply for bail. Roux's daily is reportedly R50 000. 

This is the latest scandal for ECG. Up until a week ago the church was locked in negotiations with SANCO over the stampede at the church premises which killed three. A court found the church not responsible for the deaths, but local residents have still called for the church to be removed from its Pretoria showgrounds location.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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