A 'hitch' delays WC top cop's corruption trial

Arno Lamoer, three senior officers, a CT businessman & his son face over 100 criminal charges.

FILE: Suspended top cop Arno Lamoer appeared in Western Cape High Court for his second pre-trial conference. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution in suspended Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer's corruption case is ready to go ahead with the trial, but there is a hitch.

Prosecutor Billy Downer told the court he was ready for trial.

But a date can't be set at this stage because three of the accused; Brigadier Kolidhren Govender, his wife Sharon and Darius van der Ross, intend challenging a decision taken by the state attorney's office to deny them funding for their legal bills.

Lamoer, the three senior officers, Cape Town businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawje, and his son Zameer, are facing more than 100 criminal charges.

Dawjee's son represents the two companies charged in the corruption case.

They appeared briefly in the Western Cape High Court today for their second pre-trial hearing.

The state attorney has refused to fund their legal costs, arguing the alleged crimes were not carried out in the execution of their duties.

But their lawyer says that decision is irrational.

Lamoer and his colleagues allegedly took money and expensive gifts from Dawjee in exchange for special treatment.

The matter has been postponed for another pre-trial conference in February 2016.