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Phiyega asked to assist in Richard Mdluli probe

The former Crime Intelligence boss and two others are accused of defrauding the unit’s secret slush find.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has been asked to help in the Richard Mdluli investigation following what's believed to be an attempt to frustrate his prosecution.

The former Crime Intelligence head and two co-accused appeared in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The trio are accused of defrauding the unit's secret slush find.

State prosecutor Arno Rossouw revealed in court that the state has been trying for nearly two years to have Crime Intelligence de-classify documents needed in the Mdluli trial.

He said the process was started in August 2013, then a fresh application started this year but the police just refused to acknowledge their request.

As a last resort, Rossouw says prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana has now asked the national police commissioner to step in.

The trial starts in August, and the documents need to be de-classified so the state can share them with the defence, in order to prepare for the matter.