Scorpions: Glenister has new legal move

2008-08-26 00:00

Cape Town — Lawyers for Hugh Glenister, the man trying to stop the government from disbanding the Scorpions, were preparing yesterday to lodge an urgent application to interdict parliamentarians involved in Travelgate and other alleged fraud cases from voting on two bills which will lead to the disbanding of the Scorpions.

The wealthy Johannesburg businessman argues that there is a conflict of interest if MPs probed by the elite unit are allowed to vote on its future. He told the Cape Town Press Club, he has the names of more than 230 MPs who should be disqualified from voting on the two bills —- the draft SA Police Service and National Prosecuting Authority Amendment bills — which allow for the Scorpions to be incorporated into the SA Police Services.

Glenister’s attorneys wrote to National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete on August 14 calling for all parliamentarians under investigation by the Scorpions to recuse themselves from deliberations on the two bills.

Parliament responded by saying there is no reason for their recusal. A week later, the lawyers again demanded a recusal.

When no reply was received by their deadline, the lawyers went ahead to prepare the application.

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