Case against Mdluli & co-accused struck off the roll
Richard Mdluli, Solly Lazarus & Hein Barnard faced graft charges.
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.