Selebi continues bid to clear name

2010-04-16 08:34

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi returns to the witness

stand this morning in a bid to clear his name on corruption charges.


Selebi took the stand yesterday and told the court that he had

never received bribes during his tenure as chief of police from the state’s star

witness, Glenn Agliotti, or anyone else for that matter.


Selebi decided to take the stand after his attempt to have the

charges dropped failed on Monday.


He denied that he had shielded Agliotti from criminal

investigations.


The state claims that Selebi was paid more than R1.2?million

between 2000 and 2006 in return for protecting Agliotti, a convicted drug

dealer, and Roger and Brett Kebble, the mining magnate father and son, from

pending criminal investigation.


The state also claimed that Selebi had shown Agliotti confidential

intelligence reports that showed that Agliotti was being watched by United

Kingdom authorities for drug trafficking.


Selebi denied the claims. He said he had never seen such a report

from UK authorities and that Agliotti knew that he was being watched following

an incident in which police stopped him and searched his bags after a trip from

Britain.


Selebi yesterday attacked his nemesis, former Airports Company

South Africa (Acsa) official Paul O’Sullivan, as the person behind the charges

against him.

O’Sullivan was seated in the public gallery in court and both men

glared at each other on many occasions.


Selebi said O’Sullivan, whose contract was terminated by Acsa

shortly after an incident involving Selebi and other top police officials at the

airport, had made it his mission to bring down the former top cop.


“If he (O’Sullivan) had a chance to do anything to me, or anyone

who was close to me, he would have done it, judging from the e-mails.”


Selebi said he had become concerned about the Scorpions’

investigations into his conduct when he found that O’Sullivan was playing a big

role, including taking statements and moving witnesses from safe houses.


The trial continues.
 

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