Agliotti ends testimony against former friend and top cop

2009-11-03 14:17

AFTER three-and-half-weeks on the stand, the State’s star witness

and convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti finished his testimony against his

former friend and former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi today.

Next in line to take the stand and build the State’s case against

Selebi is Dianne Muller – Agliotti’s former girlfriend and business

partner.

Earlier today, presiding judge, Meyer Joffe, had to adjourn the

court twice after intense exchanges between State prosecutor Gerrie Nel and

Selebi’s legal counsel, Jaap Cilliers SC, over new evidence Agliotti gave in

court when he was re-cross examined by Nel.

He told the court that Selebi called him to ask for money on

September 28 2005, a day after mining magnate Brett Kebble was killed in

Johannesburg. Agliotti is the only accused in Kebble’s murder and he also told

the court that he will plead not guilty to the murder charge.

According to Agliotti, Selebi called him while he was driving to

identify Kebble’s body at a Johannesburg mortuary.

Cilliers objected to the new information and said that it was the

first time that Agliotti has ever mentioned this in court or in his life.

“I had no reason to raise it with them (the state). I was never

asked or questioned about it,” Agliotti responded.

Cilliers put to Agliotti that his phone records for that day show

that Selebi never called him. This prompted Judge Joffe to adjourn the court

proceedings when it became clear that both Nel and Cilliers would not agree on

whether Selebi did call Agliotti on that day or not.

“Let’s try not to involve in acrimonious fighting. It’s hard enough

to try this matter. Let’s resolve this matter calmly and quietly without

acrimony,” he said.

On resumption after a brief adjournment where both parties studied

Selebi’s cellphone records, it was found that the former commissioner indeed

called Agliotti not once but twice on the day.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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