EXCLUSIVE: New tape up Selebi’s sleeve

2009-10-18 11:46

A NEW top-secret tape reveals how Glenn Agliotti, the state’s star

­witness in the corruption trial of former national police commissioner Jackie

Selebi, has been ­lying under oath.

A covert recording of a meeting between Agliotti and

senior members of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) at a Sandton hotel on

January 4 last year has been seen by City Press journalists.

It is one of three recorded meetings between Agliotti and the NIA

and shows how the convicted drug dealer plays mole to both prosecutors and

police as the net closes in around him.

At that meeting Agliotti handed former NIA director-general ­Manala

Manzini a four-page sworn affidavit he had prepared in which he denies bribing

Selebi and claims that the corruption charges against Selebi are part of a

­political conspiracy by the now-defunct Scorpions. Agliotti has claimed that he

was forced to dictate a statement at that meeting.

He reiterates his statement about Selebi in a recorded interview

admitted as preliminary evidence in court this week.

On January 7 Agliotti met with then acting crime intelligence head

Mulangi Mphego.

Agliotti testified in court that Mphego, who was at the Sandton

hotel meeting on January 4, ­coerced him into attending the interview on

January?7. The interview was supposed to be an off-the-record briefing for

intelligence gathering purposes.

But the January 4 tape shows Agliotti requesting a meeting with

Mphego, saying he has more information to add to his statement.

“Look, there are some things that I left out in the statement that

I want to share with you. This is my brother (pointing to Mphego), and I’m

willing to meet him again. You are very busy Mr Manzini. I really want to meet

with Mphegs,” adds Agliotti.

Then Mphego tells Agliotti: “Glenn I don’t want to see you without

your lawyer. And you know I record people. I’m going to bring Hollywood cameras,

so make sure your lawyer is here.”

In his testimony last week Agliotti said the statement shown in the

January 4 tape was typed at the hotel suite. He said he merely ­related events

and somebody else typed and printed the statement.

His testimony was an ­attempt to show that he was not in control

when the statement was made.

Agliotti also testified that he couldn’t remember details from the

statement because he had been drinking wine at a party earlier that day.

But the footage from the ­January 4 meeting shows an ­enthusiastic

Agliotti entering the suite with a copy of the statement in his hand.

Once inside, Agliotti tells Manzini that he is happy to see Mphego

there and that “now I am more than comfortable knowing that he is here. We know

each other well, we are brothers”. He then gives Mphego a hug.

Agliotti hands the document to Manzini, who asks: “What’s

this?”

“This is the statement I prepared,” answers Agliotti

After reading the statement and passing it to other intelligence

operatives in the room, including NIA deputy director-general Arthur Fraser,

Manzini asks ­Agliotti whether he objects to the statement being read and

certified by police. Agliotti indicates that he has no problem with this.

Two uniformed police officers are called in and handed the

statement to read. Mphego, Manzini, Fraser and the rest of the party continue

sipping whisky, smoking and chatting about business trips and sport. Agliotti

drinks water.

After reading the statement the police officers ask Agliotti if

they can read it back to him to make sure that everything is correct.

“No, it’s okay. I know everything in there. I made the statement.

It’s alright,” says Agliotti.

Selebi used Agliotti’s statement to the NIA in his failed bid to

have the charges quashed in January last year.

The statement was not accepted in court because Agliotti made

another one to the Scorpions claiming that the NIA coerced him ­into it.

In the statement Agliotti claims to have been targeted by the

Scorpions in a political game that involved the intended demise of President

Jacob ­Zuma, Manzini, ­Selebi and former NIA boss Billy Masetlha.

“I believe that this political project was intended to overthrow

the law enforcement and intelligence agency of this country and to destabilise

it to the benefit of outside forces, namely the CIA (Central Intelligence

Agency) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), who sponsor the DSO (the

Scorpions), initiated by Bulelani Ngcuka (the former prosecutions chief),” it

reads.

Selebi’s lawyer, Wynanda ­Coetzee, said yesterday they were not

aware of the recording. “We only know of the recording which was played in

court,” she said.


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