Top cops accused of corruption want state to pay legal fees

The 3 seniors cops were arrested alongside former provincial police chief Arno Lamoer.

FILE: Three senior Western Cape police officers will go to court next month to challenge the decision. Picture: Saps

CAPE TOWN - Three senior Western Cape police officers accused of corruption will go to court next month to challenge the national police commissioner's decision to deny them legal representation at the state's expense.

The three brigadiers were arrested along with former Provincial Police Chief Arno Lamoer last year on a range of charges including racketeering and money laundering.

It's alleged they accepted expensive gifts and cash from a Cape Town businessman in exchange for special treatment.

Kolindren Govender, his wife Sharon and colleague Darius van der Ross want the state to pay their legal fees.

In court papers, they argue police officers accused of criminal conduct in the execution of their duties are entitled to legal representation at the state's expense.

Their attorney Noorudien Hassan said, "They are bringing a review application against the decision of the state attorney not to fund them."

The state attorney's opinion is that the officers should pay their own way because their alleged crimes had nothing to do with their official duties.

A trial date for the high profile corruption case has yet to be set.