I paid for Selebi Interpol dinner – Agliotti

2009-10-14 14:49

GLENN Agliotti was adamant that he paid for a dinner in Paris,

France, for former police chief Jackie Selebi to lobby votes to become president

of Interpol.

In his sixth day on the witness stand against his former friend,

Agliotti told the court that he remember cashing a R30 000 cheque and handed the

money to Selebi for the Paris dinner.

While coming under tough cross-examination from Selebi’s legal

counsel Jaap Cilliers about the discrepancies of the payments to Selebi,

Agliotti maintained that he paid for the dinner.

Cilliers put it to Agliotti that the R30 000 cheque was cashed out

in 2004 while the election for Interpol presidency happened a year later. He

added that Agliotti could therefore not have made such a payment for the

dinner.

Cilliers also said that Agliotti was adamant, in his affidavit,

that there was only one payment of R30 000 to Selebi but changed this when the

contradicting evidence was presented to him.

“I don’t know. But my evidence has always been that I paid R30 000

to the accused for the dinner,’ Agliotti said.

Cilliers said a statement by a police officer, Director Regimen

Taylor, will show that that there was no such a dinner in Paris.

Taylor, according to Cilliers, said Selebi did not want to host a

dinner to lobby and said that “he would rather not be elected than host a

dinner”.

Agliotti said he could not comment on Cilliers’ statement.

The court adjourned early on Wednesday to allow both Selebi’s and

state’s lawyers to prepare arguments over the admissibility of a critical

intelligence video in which Agliotti denied that payments he received from

mining family, slain Brett Kebble and his father Roger, was meant for

Selebi.

In court earlier, Agliotti said he told police’s then acting chief

of crime intelligence Mulangi Mphego that US$1 million paid by Kebbles was his

own money and had nothing to do with Selebi.

Last week, Agliotti testified that he charged the Kebbles a

consultancy fee of US$1 million to access Selebi. The former top cop was

expected to assist the Kebbles about the runs-in with the law – including fraud

and tax evasion charges which were under investigation by the defunct Scorpions

and the South African Revenue Service.

The trial resumes tomorrow morning.


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