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McBride confident case against him will collapse

McBride & two subordinates are accused of involvement in the rendition of 5 Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

FILE: Former Ipid investigators Matthews Sesoko and Innocent Khuba and suspended Ipid head Robert McBride in court in March 2016. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride is confident the fraud and corruption case against him and two subordinates will collapse because there simply is no evidence.

McBride was speaking after appearing briefly in the Pretoria Regional Court this morning.

McBride, Matthews Sesoko and Innocent Khuba are accused of altering an investigation report which implicated senior Hawks officials in the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

The foreigners were wanted in connection with the murder of a police officer in Bulawayo when a plan for their arrest and deportation was devised, allegedly by the three officers.

McBride says he's looked at the docket the State has compiled and has found nothing to support the case.

"The only allegations, remote as they are, come from the Werksmans [Attorneys] report, which has no real legal standing. Depending on how they use it, we will consider very seriously malicious prosecution. This case is intended just for us to have a criminal case hanging over us."

McBride accuses the Hawks and the National prosecuting Authority of colluding against him and his co-accused.

The matter has been postponed to June.