The trial of Springbok rugby player Elton Jantjies for alleged malicious damage and violating the Civil Aviation Code after a return flight from Dubai was suspended.
The District Court of Kempton Park heard on Friday that this was on orders from the lead prosecutor, without the reasons being publicly disclosed.
Jantjies, 31, was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in May. On his way back from a family holiday in Turkey, he is said to have damaged property on the airline he flew with from the United Arab Emirates. He was released on bail of R1,000 after his first court appearance.
Flanked by his mother and a tight security contingent, Jantjies refused to speak to the media.< /p>< p>His attorney, Nabeela Moola, said the case was withdrawn based on statements they filed with the state.
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