Lamoer mum on corruption charges

Arno Lamoer is silent on corruption charges brought against him and three other officers.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer is keeping mum on allegations of corruption against him.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) at the weekend announced that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has been let off the hook.

In October last year, the police commissioner was accused of defeating the ends of justice for allegedly tipping off Lamoer that he was being probed for having a corrupt relationship with a Cape Town businessman with apparent links to the criminal underworld.

The NPA says the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions has considered the evidence in the docket and has declined to prosecute Phiyega.

But the Sunday Independent reported possible plans are on the cards to charge Lamoer and three others with corruption and racketeering.

According to the report, the Hawks have informed the officers that statements will be taken from them this week in order to get their side of the story.

The report will be sent to the National Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision.

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

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

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