UPDATE: Richard Mdluli's bid to have judge recuse himself unsuccessful

Mdluli and two of his co-accused are facing charges of fraud, theft, and corruption for looting the Crime Intelligence's secret slush secret fund.

FILE: Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria has on Tuesday ordered former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli to file an application for state funding within 30 days.

Mdluli has lost his bid to have Judge Bert Bam recuse himself from his trial.

His legal team said the application for funding came because the crime he faced pertained to when he was employed by the state.

Mdluli and two of his co-accused are facing charges of fraud, theft, and corruption for allegedly looting the Crime Intelligence's secret slush secret fund.

His lawyer has argued that Judge Bam had shown in previous court proceedings that he's not interested in Mdluli's freedom.

However, the judge ruled that his argument is without substance.

The case has been remanded and will resume on 18 June for pre-trial hearing.

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