Lamoer, co-accused fail to get State to pay legal fees

It’s alleged that they accepted expensive gifts and cash from a Cape Town businessman.

Former Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer make his sway into Goodwood Magistrates Court to sit for his trial. He was charged with 109 counts including corruption and fraud. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Three senior cops, accused of corruption, have failed to convince the Western Cape High Court that the State should foot their legal bills.

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

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

They went to court last week to challenge the National Police Commissioner's decision to deny them legal representation at the State's expense.

Their attorney, Noorudien Hassan, says, "They wanted to review the decision of the State not to pay for defence in court for the charges brought against them. Judgment was only handed down yesterday; the application was dismissed."

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

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