Mdluli back in court on fraud charges

2015-04-01 05:26
Richard Mdluli (File, City Press)

Richard Mdluli (File, City Press)

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Johannesburg - Suspended police crime intelligence unit head Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli and Colonel Heine Barnard are expected to appear in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday on fraud charges.

"It will be a mere postponement," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi said on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Friday, March 13 that charges against Mdluli be reinstated, following a decision to do so by National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana.

Fraud amounting to R1.28m

Mdluli and Barnard, who was also in crime intelligence, face charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering.

Mdluli allegedly employed his friends and family as intelligence operatives, and misused police money to buy luxury cars.

Netwerk24 reported that, according to the charge sheet, the fraud amounted to about R1.28m.

The case against them was withdrawn in December 2011, and no reasons were given at the time.

Mdluli was made head of the crime intelligence division in 2009, a post he held until May 2012, when Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced he would be moved to the office of the deputy national police commissioner for operations, Fannie Masemola.

Murder charge

Mdluli faces a separate set of charges pre-dating his time as head of crime intelligence. He was allegedly involved in the murder of Oupa Ramogibe, his ex-lover's husband, on February 17 1999.

An inquest into this matter concluded in November 2012 that there was no evidence implicating Mdluli in Ramogibe's murder.

Following an application by Freedom Under Law, North Gauteng High Court Judge John Murphy on September 23 2013 instructed police to reinstate all criminal charges against Mdluli.

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