Brian Wainstein Fighting Extradition to the United States
The man dubbed the “steroid king” is fighting to stay out of jail
pending a decision by the minister of justice to deport him to the US
where he is wanted for allegedly dealing in steroids worth R76 million.
Brian Wainstein’s extradition inquiry was heard in the Cape Town
Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
It is alleged that Wainstein, 48, who is wanted by Interpol, smuggled
steroids worth about R76m for more than a decade.
He had been living in Cape Town for months but was arrested after an
altercation with a neighbor at his luxury flat at the V&A
Waterfront on January 19.
When he appeared in court two days later, he was granted bail of R500
000 on condition that he hand his passport to police, and report to the
Sea Point police station every day. This was later relaxed to twice a
According to the charge sheet, a warrant for his arrest was issued by
the District of Tennessee in the US. South Africa and the US have an
On Thursday, Anton Katz SC, for Wainstein, opposed the extradition
inquiry, saying Dave Damerell, for the State, had to prove each aspect
presented to the court.
“There is a man whose liberty is at stake and a State who wants to take
it. They must prove it (the documents),” Katz said.
“Accuracy and attention to detail is important regarding the documents
and evidence relied upon.”
Katz argued that the documents which formed part of the extradition
request were not authentic and therefore could not form part of the
evidence before magistrate Caron Lehman. He called on her to rule that
the documents were inadmissible.
But Damerell said assistant US attorney Brent Hannafin had made an
affidavit and confirmed under oath that the documents were genuine. A US
clerk attested that the documents were genuine and US special agent
Alex Davis had also made an affidavit.
“Davis’s affidavit is also made under oath. So you have affidavits and
supporting documents,” Damerell said.