Lazarus trial: Witness's bank accounts under scrutiny

Jan Venter says he set up a secret account & channelled profit of car sales to Crime Intelligence into it.

FILE. Solly Lazarus and subordinate Hein Barnard allegedly used funds in a secret account to buy vehicles for their personal use. Picture: RSC Inc.

PRETORIA - The personal banking accounts and closed corporations of a witness in the case against two crime intelligence officials have come under scrutiny as the defence further challenges the credibility of the evidence he has given in court.

The unit's former chief financial officer Solly Lazarus and subordinate Hein Barnard are facing charges of fraud, theft and corruption in the Pretoria Regional Court.

The pair allegedly used funds in a secret account to buy vehicles for their personal use.

Car dealer Jan Venter has testified that he's set up his own close corporation and linked account to receive his salary for tax purposes.

Defence advocate Estelle Kilian has questioned why this information was not led during his evidence in chief, suggesting he's not been entirely truthful to the court.

Venter has testified that he set up a secret account at the behest of Barnard and channelled the profit of car sales to Crime Intelligence into it.

He said both Barnard and Lazarus used the funds to purchase their own vehicles.

Kilian has however out it to Venter that he too was using funds in the account.