Only NPA knows truth about Kebble’s death, says acquitted Agliotti

2010-11-26 11:54

Acquitted murder accused Glenn Agliotti says only the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has the answer to whether or not the truth will ever be known about the death of mining magnate Brett Kebble in 2005.

Speaking at a tense media conference held at Talk Radio 702’s offices in Johannesburg this morning, Agliotti said the NPA had arrested and charged him on the basis of questionable evidence from Kebble’s former security boss, Clinton Nassif, as part of a political conspiracy aimed at securing former president Thabo Mbeki a third term as the ruling party’s leader.

“Will the truth ever be known about Kebble’s murder? One has to ask the NPA and the DSO (Scorpions) that question. It is not for me to answer. Like I said, they arrested me on Clinton’s (Nassif) evidence. I told them, ‘you gonna have to be mad’,” said Agliotti.

The high court in Johannesburg yesterday acquitted Agliotti on all charges related to Kebble’s murder – more than five years after the Scorpions first
arrested and charged him.

He said he was not sure whether or not Kebble’s murder was an assisted suicide “but it is clear that he did have a role play”.

Agliotti said it was clear from Judge Frans Kgomo’s ruling that Nassif, who had tried to cut his own deals with the NPA to avoid prosecution, was the one who deserved to be in the dock.

He added he would be prepared to testify against him if called in.

The man who was once described by Jackie Selebi as his friend, “finish and klaar”, said though he had not spoken to the disgraced former top cop since
his own (Agliotti’s) arrest in 2005, he believed Selebi had not been treated in the right manner and that he had also been made a sacrificial lamb.

“I do not believe he was treated in the right manner. There was a conspiracy. It was an absolute travesty of justice. I would not want to see him go to
jail,” Agliotti said.

He again denied ever meeting with John Stratton, who was also implicated in Kebble’s murder, saying this was a lie peddled by Selebi’s enemy, Paul
O’Sullivan.

The trial had taken a toll on his family, Agliotti confessed, because the NPA had treated him like a child and put him under house arrest “which was frustrating and annoying”.

He would not say how much his defence had cost him, only saying it had been a lot of money.

He added that he thought he had been discharged because his legal team had been better prepared than the state’s.

Asked whether or not it would be the last time he found himself in the dock Agliotti said, “You will miss me. I do not think it will be the last time.”

Agliotti said he was not bothered by the perception that he was a Maffiozo because everyone who knew him knew he was a decent man and would not be influenced by that label.

He said he faced a “difficult” road ahead, which included trying to rebuild his business and family life.

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