Suspended W Cape police commissioner Lamoer in court

2015-10-23 18:57
Arno Lamoer. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The case against suspended provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer and his co-accused has hit a delay.

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

Collectively, they face 109 charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and defeating the ends of justice.

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.

It emerged on Friday that the brigadiers’ request for legal representation at State cost was declined.

In a memorandum dated October 6, acting provincial police commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile said he agreed with the State attorney that their applications be turned down.

The State attorney said in a letter that the officials could not be covered because the alleged criminal offences did not relate to the execution of their police duties.

Prosecutor Billy Downer said he was informed that their lawyers intended challenging that decision in court.

A trial date could not be set because the outcome of the review application was needed first.

The group, not in custody, will have another pre-trial conference in February.

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