Lamoer trial: Financial investigator's skills, analysis scrutinised

Lawyers representing former top cop Arno Lamoer and his four co-accused have attacked the skills and qualifications of a financial investigator.

Former Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Lawyers representing former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and his four co-accused have attacked the skills and qualifications of a financial investigator in their corruption trial.

Lamoer, as well as police officials Darius van der Ross, Sharon and Kolindren Govender and businessman Saleem Dawjee, face 109 charges in the Western Cape High Court.

They are accused of accepting cash and gifts from Dawjee in exchange for "special treatment".

Wynand Wessels, head of the Hawks' financial investigation unit, admitted under cross-examination that the case is based on his analysis of bank transactions between the accused.

Sharon Govender's advocate, Johann Nortje, argued that Wessels did not have the "expertise" to conduct such an investigation and that an independent auditing firm should have done a forensic probe.

Nortje told the court that Wessels failed to consider transactions that he says would show his client was not involved in any corrupt relationship.

The financial investigator's skills have also been questioned by lawyers for the other accused.

But Wessels disagrees that an independent company should have done an investigation and stands by his analysis which links the accused through the transactions.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)