Ex-Mandela cop questions authenticity of mafioso judgment

2017-03-20 13:02
Major-General Andre Lincoln leaves the High Court. (Caryn Dolley, News24)

Major-General Andre Lincoln leaves the High Court. (Caryn Dolley, News24)

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Cape Town - The policeman chosen by former president Nelson Mandela to investigate Vito Palazzolo has questioned the authenticity of a key judgment relating to the mafioso.

Major-General Andre Lincoln testified about the judgment in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

He said the 2006 judgment, to be used in his cross-examination, was perused over the weekend.

"It refers to me as a general. In 2006, I was a brigadier. I'm not sure if we're once again looking at something that's not authentic," Lincoln testified.

"I do not feel confident in what is presented before this court."

In 1996, Mandela tasked Lincoln with heading up a presidential investigative unit to probe Palazzolo, at one point Cape Town-based, and his links to government officials, police and businessmen.

Allegations

But he was instead arrested on an array of charges linked to Palazzolo.

He was later acquitted on all charges.

Lincoln is now claiming R15m in damages from the minister of safety and security (now the minister of police) for what he has termed "malicious prosecution".

On Thursday March 16, an original copy of a judgment from Palermo, Italy, relating to Palazzolo, halted proceedings as the document was not in court.

It was in court on Monday, but this was the document Lincoln questioned.

When Lincoln was questioned about the previous charges he faced, and a document detailing some allegations against him, he questioned the document.

"This document is part of a bigger set… to [have brought] the presidential investigative task unit to a standstill," he testified.

The civil case, which commenced a week ago, is becoming one of the biggest in recent times to expose apparent major crimes carried out during the early stages of democracy.

Last week, Lincoln testified about a number of alleged crimes committed by apartheid-era police, including their involvement in an alleged plot to have Mandela killed at his 1994 inauguration.

The case continues.

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