Law firm recommends criminal charges for Dramat over renditions


Pretoria, 23 January 2015 - Hawks boss Anwa Dramats suspension has been ruled as unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid by the North Gauteng High Court.

CAPE TOWN – A report commissioned by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has concluded that the findings of a probe into the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean nationals were altered to exonerate former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, Sunday newspapers reported.

The report, by law firm Werksmans, recommends that Dramat face criminal charges over the renditions, the Sunday Independent and City Press newspapers reported.

It goes on to recommend that the minister act against the now-suspended head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, Robert McBride, for tampering with the original findings of the watchdog’s investigation into the rendition case to protect Dramat.

City Press quoted an unnamed senior police ministry source as saying Nhleko would soon act on the recommendations of the report.

Nhleko appointed Werksmans to investigate discrepancies between an initial Ipid report that implicated Dramat in the affair and the second that cleared him.

Dramat was formally relieved of his duties and released from the police force at the end of March.

He opted to leave after initially challenging his suspension in court.


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