Discipline: cop questions ban on lawyer

2010-08-25 00:00

MOUNTAIN Rise police offi­cer Ravie Pather, who was allegedly implicated in a 2009 investigation into false informer claims, has challenged a decision by the chairperson of his disciplinary hearing not to allow him legal representation.

Pather has also called on chairperson Colonel P.M. Moodley and the minister of police to show cause why the court should not set aside Moodley’s decision to dismiss him from the police force.

An interim high court interdict was yesterday exten­ded until September 30.

Pather — a warrant officer with 19 years’ service — said the allegations against him are that he intimidated or “persuaded” several people to withhold information pertaining to the investigation in November and December 2009. He maintains he has a valid defence.

He said that when his union representative could not attend his hearing and advised him to get a lawyer, Moodley would not let him.

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