Selebi judgment today

2011-12-02 07:36

The Supreme Court of Appeal will today deliver judgment on the corruption appeal hearing of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Selebi was sentenced to a 15-year jail term for corruption after accepting payments from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti. He remains free pending the appeal.

Sentencing him in the High Court in Johannesburg on August 3 2010, Judge Meyer Joffe called Selebi “a liar” with “low moral fibre”.

The high court said society in general and the courts in particular relied on the honesty, integrity and truthfulness of policemen and women. It held that mostly this reliance was not misplaced, but in Selebi’s case it was.

The high court granted Selebi leave to appeal in terms of whether the state had proved that Selebi had provided Glenn Agliotti with anything in return as a result of gratification received from the convicted drug trafficker.

On appeal, Selebi’s defence attacked the findings of the trial court in relation to state witness Agliotti and Diane Muller.

Much time was also spend on arguing aspects of the trial court’s findings about money paid to Selebi and corroborating evidence from Agliotti’s testimony. The appeal was before a full bench of five judges.

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