Two Suspects Arrested in Brazil for Alleged Possession of Cocaine are South Africans

Sao-Paolo-The South African Consulate-General in Sao Paolo, today, Tuesday 5 July 2005, confirmed that two of the three suspects arrested by the Brazilian law enforcement agencies recently for allegations of possession and dealing in cocaine were indeed South Africans.

The confirmation follows a visit to the prison on Friday 1 July by South African Consular officers stationed in Sao Paolo to verify the nationality of the three suspects and to determine whether there were any obligations arising from the Geneva Convention for the South African Government.

In this regard, fingerprints of the three suspects were send to the Department of Home affairs in Pretoria, which determine the nationality of the two suspects as South Africans. Investigations into the nationality of the third suspect continue.

Following the verification of the nationality of the two suspects, the South African Consulate-General in Sao Paolo will from henceforth provide them with consular assistance for the duration of their stay in Brazil.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853

Department of foreign Affairs
P/Bag X152
5 July 2005.


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