Selebi has low moral fibre: Judge

2010-07-02 09:55

Former police chief Jackie Selebi is a person with low moral fibre,

who cannot be relied upon, the Johannesburg South High Court in the Johannesburg

central business district heard today.

“There is a stigma in society about labelling a witness a liar...

But that is what the accused did,” Judge Meyer Joffe said on the second day of

his judgment in Selebi’s corruption trial.

“It is a finding that as head of the SAPS... he had a low moral

fibre and cannot be relied upon.”

Selebi was facing charges of corruption relating to up to

R1.2 million he allegedly received from various people in return for favours,

including controversial businessman Glenn Agliotti.

The former Interpol president also faced charges of defeating the

ends of justice.

Earlier Joffe said that Agliotti, whose testimony the State relied

on heavily for its case, had been an “untruthful and unreliable” witness in the

trial.

“Agliotti can be described as one of the most untruthful and

unreliable witnesses to testify in this court,” Joffe said. “Clearly Agliotti’s

evidence in court must be viewed with circumspection.”

The judge also said Selebi’s evidence was implausible and

contradictory with regards to three alleged meetings with former National

Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli, one in 2005, another in Pikoli’s office

in 2006 and a third when a DVD was sent to Pikoli.

He said Selebi’s credibility was in question and this was the first

of five big lies he had told the court.

Selebi had claimed he had summoned Pikoli to his office to discuss

certain issues about former national director of public prosecutions Bulelani

Ngcuka allegedly receiving a bribe.

Joffe said Pikoli denied having such a meeting. “Pikoli was a good

witness... reliable... credible. Pikoli’s evidence is accepted and the accused

evidence rejected.”

Joffe described Selebi’s evidence as unsatisfactory which explained

his strange demeanour.

The judge had spent most of yesterday reviewing evidence presented

during the marathon multi-million rand trial.

 

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