Agliotti was larger than life, court hears

2009-11-04 14:18

DIANNE Muller, the former fiancé of convicted drug dealer Glenn

Agliotti, told the South Gauteng High Court today that their relationship

deteriorated when he started believing that he was “larger than life”.

Muller, the State’s second witness in the corruption trial of

former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi, said Agliotti became “very,

very arrogant” because of his close relationship with Selebi. She said her

former lover thought that “he was above the law and that nobody could touch

him”.

When Agliotti started behaving like an untouchable person, Muller

told the court that she asked him to move out of their home. “I moved him out of

my house because of his arrogance and his inability to tell me the truth.”

Under cross-examination from advocate Jaap Cilliers SC, Selebi’s

legal counsel, Muller stood her ground when Cilliers put it to her that she was

not telling the truth about the alleged R110 000 payment she assisted Agliotti

pack before it was handed to the then commissioner.

Cilliers said Muller’s evidence about the alleged payment differed

to what Agliotti mentioned during his time on the stand. Agliotti said Selebi

was actually paid R120 000 and that Muller witnessed the payment together with

her father Martin Flint, who is also a witness in the trial.

“That is simply not true,” replied Muller to Cilliers’

accusation.

Cilliers also questioned Muller about the brown envelopes with

money, which had initials J.S allegedly referring to the former top cop. He said

Muller had made a statement to the prosecution claiming that she didn’t know who

J.S was, but suspected that it was John Stratton, who is also a “significant

puzzle” in Agliotti’s scrabble game.

Muller maintained that she had always known that J.S was Jackie

Selebi because he came to her offices in full police uniform to collect the

money.

“So are you now changing your statement to create a stronger case

against the accused?,” asked Cilliers.

Muller responded: “I can’t explain that, but Mr Agliotti told me on

various occasions that J.S was Mr Selebi. And I must add that my life has been a

living hell since Mr Agliotti was arrested till now.”

The trial continues tomorrow.

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