Charges are a plot by the Hawks: suspended IPID boss, McBride

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Pretoria, 13 March 2013 - Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head Robert McBrides suspension hangs in the balance at the High Court on Friday.

PRETORIA – Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) boss, Robert McBride, on Wednesday maintained that the fraud, perjury and defeating the ends of justice case against him and his two co-accused was a plot by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks).

McBride and co-accused Innocent Khuba and Matthew Sesoko briefly appeared in Pretoria Magistrate Court on Wednesday for formal disclosures on the charges against them.

Speaking to journalists outside court, McBride claimed the Hawks were investigating them because they were not happy with the outcome of IPID’s investigations against the Hawks.

“We have an oversight role as IPID to investigate crimes committed by the Hawks, but what is happening here is that because certain elements within the Hawks did not like the outcome of our investigations, they are now investigating our investigation.

“That would normally create tensions between the two agencies and the Hawks now deliberately does that so that IPID is seen as a toothless watchdog. There is nothing in this case against us, we are being prosecuted for doing our job. This is absolute nonsense and they have not even shown us a single shred of evidence on this case,” said McBride.

The suspended IPID head also called for the National Prosecuting Authority to withdraw the prosecutor in their case, as according to him the official was facing several charges.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku could not confirm or deny the existence of any case against the State prosecutor.

In court, McBride’s lawyer, Mike Hellens SC, argued that the State had only given the defence disclosure A, withholding several other documents.

Hellens requested that a date be set specifically for the defence team to make their presentations to court on why they should receive all relevant disclosures from the State.

The case was postponed to 27 July and the entire day has been set aside in order for the defence to put in a formal application to compel the State to provide them with all the disclosures in the case.