Agliotti matter no ‘run of the mill’ case, says judge

2010-11-25 10:23

The case against Brett Kebble murder accused Glenn Agliotti was no “run of the mill” criminal trial, Judge Frans Kgomo told the High Court in Johannesburg today.

“This case is about hidden agendas perpetrated by shady characters as well as ostensibly crooked or greedy business persons... this case is about corrupt civil servants as well as prominent politicians or politically connected people wining and dining with devils under cover of darkness,” Kgomo told the court.

He was in the process of handing down a ruling on whether Agliotti would be discharged in terms of section 174 of the criminal procedure act.

Kgomo was describing the complex case in which current Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and payments made to former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi were alluded to.

Kgomo noted that there was a “power play” unfolding in the now defunct Scorpions special investigative and prosecuting unit and added that the case played “second fiddle” to the Selebi prosecution.

Selebi is currently in the process of appealing his 15-year corruption sentence, in which Agliotti was a witness.

Kgomo then adjourned for tea.

Agliotti is facing four charges – two of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of attempted murder and another of murder.

The murder charge relates to the Kebble shooting in Melrose, north of Johannesburg.

One conspiracy charge relates to the plot to kill Allan Gray auditor Stephen Mildenhall, Jean Daniel Nortier, Dr Mark Bristow and Mark Wellesley Woods. The other is for planning to kill Kebble.

The attempted murder charge relates to the shooting of Mildenhall in Cape Town in August 2005.

» Follow City Press assistant editor Adriaan Basson’s live tweets from court at www.twitter.com/AdriaanBasson. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/City_Press.

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