Judge suggests City Press be investigated on Selebi tape

2009-10-20 10:56

SOUTH Gauteng High Court Judge Meyer Joffe has suggested that City Press be investigated on how it obtained a secret recording of a meeting Glenn Agliotti had with National intelligence Agency last year.

The meeting, held at a Sandton hotel on 4 January 2008, shows that Agliotti requested a meeting with then acting police crime intelligence head Mulangi Mphego because he had information he wanted to share with him.

Giving his testimony in the trial of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, Agliotti had told the court that Mphego – who was at the January 4 meeting – requested a meeting with him which was held three days later.

However, video evidence seen by City Press reporters revealed that it was Agliotti – and not Mphego as the court heard – who requested the meeting.

In the video Agliotti said: “Look there are some things that I left out in the statement that I want to share with you. This is my brother (pointing at Mphego), and I’m willing to meet him again. You are a very busy man Mr Manzini. I really want to meet with Mphegs.”

Agliotti has testified that he met with NIA’s then-director general Manala Manzini and his deputy, Arthur Fraser, because he wanted a “better deal” for himself to stop his prosecution for the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble.

Today Selebi’s lawyer, Jaap Cilliers, had begun asking Agliotti about the City Press article when state advocate Gerrie Nel objected, saying the witness could not be cross-examined on information contained in a newspaper. But Judge Joffe allowed Agliotti to answer a question on whether he remembered requesting the meeting with Mphego.

“It was later at night, I cannot remember or confirm. The only thing I can remember is that there was an arrangement for a meeting with Mphego,” Agliotti said.

When further questioning based on the article ensued, Nel objected and Cilliers suggested that, based on the City Press article, there was a video in existence which should be traced.

Judge Joffe said that the City Press reporter, Jackie Mapiloko, should be investigated on how she obtained the tape because “it is clear that someone is trying to improperly influence the court by leaking information” to the newspaper.

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