Former SARS officials Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg will write to the NPA in a bid to make representations after the pair were summoned to appear in court. They face charges linked to the alleged bugging of the NPA in 2007 and will appear in court on 9 April, along with a third official, Andries Janse van Rensburg, says a BusinessLIVE report.

The two counts in the summons are for contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act and the Regulation of Interception of Communications (Rica) Act. In a statement on Friday, from their attorneys, the three emphatically rejected the allegations.

'Pillay, Van Loggerenberg and Janse van Rensburg emphatically deny the allegations against them and will rely on the integrity of the judicial process, which they are confident will vindicate them,’ the statement said.

It also said Pillay and Van Loggerenberg were never questioned on the allegations with which they are being charged. ‘Pillay and Van Loggerenberg are disappointed but not surprised by the latest behaviour of the NPA in this matter as they have consistently demonstrated clear bias and malice, which appear to have been driven by the concerns of (SARS Commissioner Tom) Moyane.’

It added that the behaviour of the NPA in the matter was ‘neither objective nor impartial.’

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