Selebi acquittal arguments continue

2010-04-09 08:46

The prosecution in the Jackie Selebi corruption trial is expected to continue

arguing against calls for the former police chief’s acquittal in the

Johannesburg High Court today.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court yesterday that Selebi had

dealings of a corrupt nature with convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti,

giving him classified state information in exchange for large sums of

money.


“Agliotti made it clear that he paid the accused. Agliotti,

throughout his argument, maintained that he bought the accused clothes, paid him

money and received favours or benefits from the accused.


“He [Agliotti] failed in his version, to correlate this conduct

with corruption, but the accused, the most senior policeman in the country and

an internationally recognised policeman, must have had, and therefore did have,

sufficient insights to recognise that it did amount to corruption,” Nel

said.


‘Prima facie case’


He cited a UK customs office report implicating Agliotti in drug

dealing, and a National Intelligence Estimate report indicating Selebi was

receiving money from the Kebbles.


It is the state’s contention that Selebi showed Agliotti these

documents as part of their mutually beneficial, corrupt relationship.


The fact that Agliotti never viewed reasons for paying Selebi large

sums of money as corruption did not detract from that fact, Nel said.


“In our view, we respectfully submit that we have made out a prima

facie case that the accused is guilty of corruption and defeating the ends of

justice.”


Selebi’s lawyer Jaap Cilliers told the court on Wednesday that

Agliotti was an “unreliable witness” whose evidence contradicted information

contained in the charge sheet.

 

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