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Case against Mdluli & co-accused struck off the roll

Richard Mdluli, Solly Lazarus & Hein Barnard faced graft charges.

FILE: Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli  Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - The fraud case against former crime intelligence

head Richard Mdluli and two others has been struck off the roll in the

Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria because police management has failed to

declassify key documents.

Mdluli, former chief financial officer Solly Lazarus and

Hein Barnard were facing graft charges for allegedly defrauding the unit's

secret slush fund.

The trio made a brief appearance in court this morning.

Magistrate Martin van Wyk today denied the state's request

for another postponement and struck the matter from the roll, saying that by

this stage the documents required should already have been declassified.

Prosecutor Arno Rossouw argued that the evidence in

question amounted to a mere three percent of the docket, but van Wyk would have

none of it.

It's understood the decision to declassify the evidence is

sitting with national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Rossouw told the court at the men's appearance that the then

National Director of Public Prosecution Mxolisi Nxasana had personally

requested Phiyega to declassify the documents but she was yet to do so.