Anthony Broadway, the attorney-turned-accused who shares the dock with members of what is believed to be the Western Cape's biggest abalone-poaching syndicates, has claimed the state is in possession of privileged documents that may compromise their defence to the allegations, notes a Weekend Argus report.
This emerged in the Western Cape High Court when the Broadway appeared for a pre-trial conference alongside several members of the alleged syndicate, headed by Gansbaai fisherman Frank Barends. However, Cape Judge President John Hlophe refused to consider Broadway's claims, saying a pre-trial conference was not the proper forum to deal with this. The report adds Broadway, Barends and more than 20 co-accused have been charged with several contraventions of the Marine Living Resources Act and the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, including money laundering and racketeering. The report notes Hlophe postponed the case to 14 April for trial.