Cellphone of murdered anaesthetist was being tracked

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The geographical position of the cellphone carried murdered Johannesburg anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi was being constantly tracked by the man now accused of the hit on the section commander of the Anti-Gang Unit in Cape Town.

An investigation by Maverick Citizen has revealed that murder accused Zane Kilian allegedly used a platform (app) controlled by a former Gauteng police officer to carry out pings that indicated the nearest tower to the cellphone of murdered Johannesburg anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi, as well as the murdered Anti-Gang Unit section commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear.

Pinging a device means sending it a message or signal via cellphone signal towers. This signal is then returned with the device’s exact location information. It also assists in finding out the device’s last active location. The pinging technology works with a device’s GPS location systems installed and activated in it. The GPS location systems work in collaboration with tracking software and other tools to help locate the device’s position with accuracy.

According to a report on the Daily Maverick site, Kilian is one of several individuals and corrupt police officers who used the platform to intercept the phones of prominent people, including those of Kinnear and lawyer William Booth. The report says police have established that the Munshi’s cellphone was allegedly pinged 635 times by the ex-policeman.

In September 2020 Munshi was shot six times in an apparent hit in Orange Grove, Johannesburg. His attackers rammed into the rear of his car and shot him six times in the back of the head. Munshi was the co-accused in a culpable homicide case with Dr Peter Beale. The pair were blamed for the death of Zayyaan Sayed, 10, following surgery at the Netcare Park Lane Hospital in October last year.


Full Daily Maverick report


See also:


Murder of charged anaesthetist brings pressure for legislative change – MedicalBrief archives


Munshi murder: Follow the law, HPCSA head urges authorities – MedicalBrief archives

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