Court date set for Lamoer, 5 ac­cused

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - FA­TIMA SCHROEDER

IN JUST over three months one of the prov­ince’s most sen­sa­tional court cases – the cor­rup­tion trial of for­mer Western Cape po­lice com­mis­sioner Arno Lamoer – is fi­nally ex­pected to make its way to the Western Cape High Court.

The trial date was set yes­ter­day when Lamoer and five co- ac­cused ap­peared briefly be­fore Judge El­ize Steyn for a pre-trial con­fer­ence.

The judge was pro­vided with de­tails show­ing ev­ery­one in­volved in the case had ironed out any kinks which could ham­per the smooth run­ning of the trial.

Mi­nor con­cerns over his clients’ in­struc­tions raised by Pete Mi­ha­lik, one of the de­fence ad­vo­cates, will be ad­dressed and sorted out be­fore the sched­uled trial date, the court was as­sured.

Mi­ha­lik rep­re­sents Stel­len­bosch po­lice clus­ter com­man­der Bri­gadier Dar­ius van der Ross.

Judge Steyn was happy the mat­ter was ready, and set a trial date for March 6.

Lamoer and his co-ac­cused face 109 charges of cor­rup­tion and rack­e­teer­ing.

His co-ac­cused in­clude Van der Ross and two other po­lice of­fi­cials – brigadiers Kolin­dren Goven­der and his wife Sharon Goven­der.

Cape Town busi­ness­man Mo­hamed Saleem Daw­jee and his son Mo­hamed Zameer Daw­jee also share the dock with the po­lice of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, Lamoer and the three po­lice of­fi­cials al­legedly re­ceived R1.6 mil­lion in bribes from the Daw­jees in re­turn for their in­flu­ence.

Lamoer was ap­pointed to the post in Novem­ber 2010 and re­tired in Novem­ber 2015. He had been in the ser­vice for 25 years.

fa­tima.schroeder@inl.co.za

Arno Lamoer

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