Drugs, lies and videotapes starring Glenn Agliotti

2009-10-18 11:49

GLENN Agliotti, the state’s star witness in the ongoing trial against former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, was captured three times on camera by both the police’s crime intelligence and the National Intelligence Agency giving evidence that contradicts his testimony in court.

Agliotti was told that the recordings were for intelligence gathering, but a statement he handed to the NIA as part of the recordings was used by Selebi in trying to have charges dropped against him last year.

In each of the video recordings, made between 2003 and last year, Agliotti exonerates Selebi of any wrongdoing and maintains that he never bribed the former top cop.

Room 4B at the South Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) was turned into a movie house – minus the popcorn – when one of the videos was played in court on Thursday.

City Press has seen all three recordings of Agliotti telling the intelligence agencies that he never bribed ­Selebi and that charges against the former police chief were “politically motivated”.
Here is what he said on the other two tapes:

AUGUST 28 2003
Then deputy head of police crime intelligence Mulangi Mphego calls Agliotti, a convicted drug trafficker, into his office to discuss information he has received that Selebi was to receive a payment of $1million from the convicted druglord.

Over a cup of tea, Mphego tells Agliotti that he has ears and eyes everywhere, and that he acquired cellphone conversations between Agliotti and Brett Kebble discussing a payment for the former police chief.

Agliotti tells Mphego that the $1million was a consultancy fee from Kebble for “hooking them up’’ with ­Selebi.

“The commissioner doesn’t even know about this. I had to lie to the Kebbles because I needed them to pay me. If they knew the money was for the commissioner, they would pay,” says Agliotti.
He tells Mphego that he would never lie to him and that he appreciates that he called him to clarify the matter with him.

“I know you listen to me, and there are a lot of things you will hear about; tobacco and all sorts of things. But I can assure you that it’s purely business and that the commissioner is not involved,” says Agliotti.

Agliotti also tells Mphego that he heard a rumour that then national director of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka would resign to go into mining with his friend Mzi Khumalo, who was already a mining mogul at the time. “I don’t know exactly when he will be resigning and why, but I think it is the pressures of the job,” says Agliotti.

Before leaving the meeting, Agliotti tells Mphego that he knows a lot of people and is willing to help and give him any information he needs.

He adds that there is a cocaine shipment disguised as chocolate coming from India and that he will give him the details later. “I have helped the police before and I will also help you on this one. I’ll keep in touch,” says Agliotti before he leaves.

JANUARY 7 2008
In court this week, Selebi’s lawyers successfully pushed for the court to show the recording of a meeting between Agliotti and Mphego, then acting crime intelligence head.

The tape was admitted as provisional evidence.

Dressed in a striped blue and white designer shirt and sitting against the backdrop of a cream curtain, Agliotti tells Mphego that the ­Scorpions drove an ­“obsessed plot” to bring down Selebi. He claims that Scorpions’ investigators told him that they were using him and media campaigns to discredit ­Selebi.

Sipping on water while the camera lights shone on his face, Agliotti says: “They said, ‘Glenn, unfortunately you got involved in the middle of a political game’. I said, ‘Fuck off. So you are targeting me because I am associated with the national commissioner as a friend?’.’’

Agliotti also denies ever bribing Selebi, “I never bribed the commissioner. He is my friend. I never asked him for anything. I respect his position.”

“Nel, Leask, Jonker, I mean their whole team, it was common knowledge that their prime objective is to take down Selebi and it’s a politically driven thing,” he adds.

Gerrie Nel is the chief state prosecutor who has charged Selebi with bribery and defeating the ends of justice. He works with investigators Andrew Leask and Piet Jonker.

In contrast to his evidence in court that he had approached the Scorpions for a plea bargain, Agliotti claims that he had been placed under pressure to do so.

“They said to me: ‘Do a deal, because if not you are going to jail. You’re going to be arrested and your wife is going to have a baby and you will not see your child being born. We’ll keep you in jail’,” said Agliotti.

He tells Mphego that Kebble’s former head of security, Clinton Nassif, is a “fucking liar” who should have been arrested for a litany of crimes including insurance fraud and Kebble’s murder.

Speaking about the plea bargains the Scorpions struck with Kebble’s killers, he says, “How many people have they murdered? Where is the justice?’’

He says the Scorpions took him to a golf club in Stellenbosch where they played golf and he showed them “a paper trail and possible leads’’ on the real Kebble killers. He claims that the leads were never followed up.


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