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Certification of PI accused of murdering top cop Charl Kinnear under scrutiny

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Zane Kilian is accused of tracing the Anti-Gang Unit member’s cellphone until the day he was shot outside his Bishop Lavis home in September.

Slain Western Cape top cop Charl Kinnear. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN – There are questions around the certification of a private investigator charged in connection with the assassination of organised crime detective Charl Kinnear.

Zane Kilian is accused of tracing the Anti-Gang Unit member’s cellphone until the day he was shot outside his Bishop Lavis home in September.

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The court matter has on Friday been postponed for a week.

READ: Police still looking for shooter in top detective Charl Kinnear’s murder

Kilian is accused of playing a key role in the execution of a hit on Kinnear.

The State believes he tracked the detective for months and shared his location with a hitman.

The prosecution has also charged Kilian with fraud because the private security certificate he submitted was allegedly forged.

This brings into question the claim that he’s a legally practising private investigator.

READ: Charl Kinnear murder accused Zane Kilian to plead not guilty at bail hearing

It also appears to be the reason why defence lawyer, Johan van Aswegen, has on Friday withdrawn from the case.

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He’s cited a conflict of interest over the authenticity of that security certificate.

Last year, another defence lawyer ditched the case.

The matter resumes on 4 March.

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