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Phiyega escapes prosecution in Lamoer debacle

The NPA has declined to prosecute Phiyega over allegedly tipping off Arno Lamoer of a probe into his conduct.

FILE. The NPA has declined to prosecute Phiyega over allegedly tipping off Arno Lamoer of a probe into his conduct. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has escaped charges for allegedly defeating the ends of justice into a criminal investigation but some senior police officers in the Western Cape may not be off the hook just yet.

In October last year the police commissioner was accused of interfering in an ongoing intelligence investigation into Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer for his alleged corrupt relationship with a well-known Cape Town businessman.

He is also believed to have links to a Cape Town drug dealer.

Phiyega allegedly tipped Lamoer off that he was being investigated.

Phiyega may have escaped criminal charges but Lamoer, along with some other top police officials could still be charged.

The _Sunday Independent _is reporting that possible plans are on the cards to charge Lamoer and several others with corruption and racketeering.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions has declined to prosecute Phiyega as there are no reasonable prospects of successful prosecution.

Crime intelligence is believed to have monitored Lamoer's communication last year in order to establish his relationship with an alleged gangster.

Investigators then reportedly became aware Phiyega had alerted Lamoer to the investigation.

The Western Cape Crime Intelligence Division then laid a charge against her.