Jun 9, 2011
Charges against two Nigerians arrested for possession of counterfeit US dollars with a face value of R80 million have been withdrawn.
The two, aged 40 and 41, were arrested in their rented house in Bramley, Sandton on Monday, The Star newspaper reported on Thursday.
At the time police seized five large steel trunks with $100 notes, 18 cellphones, suspected to be stolen, and seven Ingersoll watches worth R700,000.
Prosecutors at the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Could said there was not enough evidence to prosecute the men.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said: "The evidence that was there was not sufficient for prosecutors to even place the matter on the roll."
Mhaga told the daily newspaper that the evidence did not convince the prosecutors that the money was illegally made.