Prosecution in Lamoer case promises it will soon handover transcripts

Officials secretly recorded former top cop Arno Lamoer’s calls before he was arrested last year.

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CAPE TOWN - The prosecution in former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer's corruption case has promised to handover the transcripts of tapped phone calls to the defence in two months.

Crime intelligence officials were secretly recording Lamoer's calls before he, three senior police officers and a Cape Town businessman were arrested in April last year.

They are all out on bail.

It's alleged the cops had received expensive gifts and cash from businessman Mohammed Saleem Dawjee in exchange for special treatment.

Dawjee's lawyer William Booth says they need to know what the recordings contain.

"I believe conversations that are taped are irregular unless there is special permission granted by a judge for that. We need it as it could be important and I believe the evidence needs to be scrutinised by the defence."

No trial date has been set, but lawyers are aiming to get started early next year.