Agliotti was Selebi’s ‘help you card’

2011-11-02 14:09

Former police chief Jackie Selebi treated his relationship with drug dealer Glenn Agliotti like a “help you card”, the state argued today in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

State advocate Gerrie Nel argued that the court should not overturn Selebi’s corruption conviction by the South Gauteng High Court.

“The appellant (Selebi) was not only the chief of police, but the president of Interpol. He was well-versed in the crime of corruption,” Nel told the court, arguing Selebi couldn’t get away by arguing he didn’t realise he was being corrupted by Agliotti.

Nel said Selebi used his relationship with Agliotti as a “help you card … He did with Agliotti what he wanted. He (Agliotti) was, after all, just dropping names.”

Selebi testified he knew Agliotti was using his name for influence and financial gain.But Nel said the card became a “double-edged sword … In 2003, Selebi already knew what kind of a person Agliotti was. He knew Agliotti was close to the Kebbles.”

Judge Meyer Joffe found that Agliotti paid Selebi R166 000 in cash tranches and also bought clothes for his children from Fubu in Sandton City.

In return, Selebi attended meetings with Agliotti and showed him secret intelligence reports.

The day started hard for Nel with critical questions from the Bench, particularly by Judge Suretta Snyders, who reminded Nel that his case was “very thin and it’s only if you have successfully and validly piled up (evidence) that one can judge whether it is enough (for a conviction)”.

But Nel tenaciously went through all cheque stubs, evidence and financial records, telling the court they should view the case as a whole and not pieces in isolation.“Mr Selebi was found to be a lying witness.

He couldn’t explain (where he got the money from), but we can. We have witnesses, circumstantial evidence and documents. The facts are that Selebi’s version was a total denial and his evidence was rejected,” Nel argued.

Nel said Selebi should “bear the consequences of his denial”.In response to a question by Snyders on what the impact would be if the meetings Selebi attended with Agliotti were “meaningless”, Nel replied: “He (Agliotti) wanted to say, ‘I’ve got the police commissioner on my side’.

“Even if they just discussed politics, Agliotti wanted him on his side. And remember they were not meeting people without problems – they were dealing with the Kebbles and they had problems.”Judgment was reserved, but is expected before the end of the year.

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