O’Sullivan on Selebi: Feel it, justice is here

2010-07-02 15:05

“Justice is here. Feel it, it is here,” these were the words of Paul O’Sullivan after former police commissioner Jackie Selebi was convicted of corruption today.

O’Sullivan – who has been involved in a tit-for-tat war with Selebi over the past nine years – claimed that the conviction vindicated his pronouncement that the former top cop was corrupt.

He said: “The final score (after today’s conviction) is justice: 1 and Selebi 0. Justice does exist.”

South Gauteng High Court Judge Meyer Joffe found Selebi guilty of corruption but acquitted him on the lesser charge of defeating the ends of justice.

Throughout his relationship with convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti, Selebi received a series of payments in order to advance favours to Agliotti.

Joffe, in acquitting Selebi on defeating the ends of justice charge, said it would be duplication as both charges emanated from his relationship with and the benefits he had received from Agliotti.

Selebi refused to comment about the conviction, saying he had nothing to say to the media before walking off with his family.

His conviction was also hailed by the prosecuting team who said this was a “true reflection of proper administration of justice”.

Joffe scrutinised the credibility of both Selebi and state star witness Agliotti but he accepted the evidence of the convicted drug dealer regarding several payments to the former police chief.

This was, Joffe said, because they were corroborated by other witnesses and cheque counterfoils. Arguments in the mitigation of sentence are expected to be heard on July 14.

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