State is ready for Lamoer trial - prosecutor

2015-08-28 12:16
Suspended provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer outside the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Suspended provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer outside the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - While the State says it is ready to proceed with its case against suspended Western Cape provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer and his five co-accused, the defence countered it will need several months to prepare for the trial.

Lamoer and three brigadiers - Darius van der Ross, Sharon Govender and her husband, Colin Govender - together with businessman Salim Dawjee and his son Zameer, appeared for a pre-trial conference in the Western Cape High Court on Friday morning.

They collectively face 109 charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and defeating the ends of justice.

Prosecutor Billy Downer told Judge Robert Henney the State had its “ducks in a row” and is ready for trial, adding he would be able to call up to 30 witnesses to the stand.

However, advocate Pete Mihalik – for Van der Ross - pointed out that while the State had ample time to build its case, the defence will need months to prepare.

The charges against the top cops and the businessmen follow a Hawks investigation into allegations that Lamoer and Dawjee had a corrupt relationship. Dawjee allegedly gave money and gifts to the four senior police officers.

All are out on bail.

The pre-trial hearing was postponed to October 23.

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