I am a victim of political game, says Agliotti on video

2009-10-16 10:28

SELF-CONFESSED liar Glenn Agliotti painted himself as a victim in a political game to bring down former police commissioner Jackie Selebi in a video recording viewed in court.

In the January 2008 recording, shown yesterday, Agliotti tells crime intelligence then-acting chief Assistant Commissioner Mulangi Mphego that Scorpions investigators told him they were using him and media campaigns to get to Selebi.

“They said Glenn, unfortunately you got involved in the middle of a political game. I said ‘f*** off’, so you are targeting me because I am associated with the national commissioner as a friend,” Glenn says in the video.

In what felt like a movie house – minus the popcorn – the packed courtroom sat attentively to watch the hour-long recording in which he talks confidently and assertively opposite Mphego.

He says the plot against Selebi was a political conspiracy to prevent the incorporation of the now-defunct Scorpions into the police.

“The whole thing is to bring down Selebi and it’s a politically driven thing. They (the Scorpions) don’t want to go back to the police. They want to be a separate entity,” he says.

“Selebi did not deserve to go through all the bad publicity that he did, irrespective of him being a friend of mine. You know he has never contacted me. Selebi’s never tried to influence anything.”

On the video, Agliotti further says state prosecutor Gerrie Nel told him the Brett Kebble murder was unimportant and that they were after Selebi.

“It’s clear to me that they didn’t give a damn about the Kebble murder because they said Kebble was a rotten piece of rubbish.

“It was clear to everybody that this was politically motivated and driven, there is no other reason for it,” he said, referring to his arrest for the murder of Kebble, a mining magnate. Although he did not pull the trigger, Agliotti was arrested for the murder in November 2006, a year after Kebble’s death.

Agliotti also denies ever bribing Selebi and says he told the Scorpions: “I never bribed the man. You are wasting your time. He’s my friend and I respect him. What gain did I get? I never went and said ‘please help me, give me a tender’. I never asked him for anything.’’

After the court adjourned, Selebi told reporters said: “It’s sickening to listen to this.” Asked whether he would reconcile his friendship with Agliotti, Selebi remarked: “Friends, oh!” before turning away.

Agliotti earlier this week told the court he had agreed to the recording on the understanding that it was off the record and purely for intelligence-gathering purposes.

The trial continues today.


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