Lamoer’s lawyer pokes holes in financial investigator’s report

Former Western Cape top cop Arno Lamoer, police officials and a businessman face 109 charges including money laundering and racketeering.

FILE: Arno Lamoer. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A lawyer representing former Western Cape top cop Arno Lamoer has told the Western Cape High Court that a financial investigator’s report is factually wrong and presumptive.

Lamoer, police officials Darius van der Ross, Sharon and Kolindren Govender and businessman Saleem Dawjee face 109 charges including money laundering and racketeering.

Hawks investigator Wynand Wessels, who compiled a financial report examining cash flow between the accused, is still under cross-examination on Tuesday.

Lamoer's lawyer Grant Smith has tried to poke holes in Wessels's report, which he claims makes incorrect assumptions.

One such assumption, says Smith, is that car hire for Lamoer's daughter paid for by Dawjee was done as “gratification for the former police commissioner”.

He argues this was not the case.

Smith also questioned why Wessels, without conducting interviews, concluded a family holiday sponsored by Dawjee was not a loan.

In response, Wessels replied his understanding of corruption is that gratification for one's relatives is also a benefit for the accused.

He adds there were no indications any money would be paid back.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)