NPA takes prosecutor off Kebble case

2010-05-07 08:17

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has taken prosecutor

Gerrie Nel off the Brett Kebble murder case, its spokesperson said on

Friday.

Nel, who is currently prosecuting ex-top cop Jackie Selebi, was

also taken off the case against former acting crime intelligence head Mulangi

Mphego.

“Two months ago DPP (director of public prosecutions] South Gauteng

took a strategic decision in the interests of justice to replace the prosecution

team in both the Kebble murder and Mphego cases,” Mthunzi Mhaga said in an sms

sent to Sapa.

“Mr Mphego made representations to the NDPP for permanent stay of

prosecution and therefore it’s not fair to overburden the same team with so much

work when we have many equally capable prosecutors – hence the decision that

they concentrate on the Selebi case so that it won’t affect other cases where

they are involved.”

The Kebble case was postponed in February to July 26, because the

main murder suspect, Glenn Agliotti, is the State’s main witness in the ongoing

Selebi fraud and corruption case.

Earlier this week, a senior NPA official, Prince Mokotedi, told the

Selebi trial that Nel was among NPA officers investigated for allegedly

siphoning funds for informants.

Several newspapers have speculated on a growing rift between Nel

and NPA boss Menzi Simelane.

Nel had been open in his support for axed NPA head Vusi Pikoli, who

Simelane succeeded.

Last month, Simelane planned to move three senior prosecutors to

lower courts but backed down.



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