- South African police and tax officials drew blank twice yesterday when attempts to arrest and question much sought after tax evader and fraudster turned into sour tragedy. Te men took a short-cut to also evade the wrath of the law.
According to police reports, in both incidences, the men being sought shot themselves dead on hearing of their possible arrest.
A police report said in Hartebeesport, when a search-and-seizure warrant was produced on a couple linked to an over rand 60 million tax evasion and fraud case, the husband pulled out his pistol and killed himself. The wife was later arrested and was still held for questioning police said.
In another incidence, police said a 62 years old prominent businessman from Pretoria also shot himself in the bath rather than face arrest.
In this case, the suspect was wanted in relation to a 100 million tax fraud and theft. Also police had taken his wife for questioning.
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