Selebi trial: Some truth lost between father and daughter

2009-11-07 15:36

DIANNE Muller says she witnessed it all but she was contradicted by an unlikely source in court this week: her father, ­Martin Flint.

Both Muller and her father are crucial to the state’s corruption case against former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

She was present the day her former fiance, Glenn Agliotti, pushed a bag containing a R110?000 across a boardroom ­table towards former police commissioner, saying: “Here you go, my china.”

She was also the one who collected money in brown envelopes for Agliotti’s business associates.

She had on many occasions seen Selebi at her offices in Midrand to collect envelopes marked “JS” and containing money.

As the second state witness testifying in Selebi’s corruption trial Muller confidently told the South Gauteng High Court: “I have my facts and they are 100% correct.”

On two occasions she even looked Selebi straight in the eye and called him a liar.

During her two-day testimony she dismissed some of Agliotti’s previous evidence as lies, saying she had left him because he had lied and become arrogant.

Painting a picture of herself as a perfect witness she confidently told the court: “I have told the truth on everything.”

Though she was not involved in signing cheques made out to Selebi she said her father, who is also the financial director of her events management company Maverick, would corroborate her evidence when he took the stand.

But Muller was quick to tell the court that though she trusted her father with her life the court had to take note that he was “an old man whose memory is not that great’’ and believes “the world is a wonderful place and will not see wrong in anybody”.

As he took the stand on Friday Flint’s memory was exactly that – “not great’’.

And instead of completing what his daughter had started he did the opposite.

Here are some of the major contradictions from the father and daughter team:

Payments to Muller from Spring Lights

Muller denied receiving R1.5?million from Spring Lights, an account that was allegedly used to pay Selebi.

“I never had much to do with Spring Lights. His personal payments or mine had nothing to do with Spring Lights,’’ she said.

Flint said “it was possible” that Muller had received about 18 cheques worth millions of rands from Spring Lights.

Initials

Muller said Agliotti had told her on various occasions that the initials, “JS”, stood for Jackie Selebi. In previous statements made to Agliotti’s advocate, Lawrence Hodes, Muller had said JS stood for John Stratton, a business associate of the convicted druglord. But in court this week she said she was sure that the initials stood for Selebi because she had seen him on numerous occasions at her office coming to collect the marked ­envelopes.

Flint identified his own handwriting on most of the cheques made out to JS, “chief’’ and “cop” but said he did not know what the initials stood for.

“Anything is possible, I have no knowledge at all,” he said.

Cross-examination by Selebi’s advocate, Jaap Cilliers

Muller made a statement to the National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) in which she failed to disclose that the initials, “JS”, referred to Selebi.

Cilliers: “The main thrust of them (the prosecution) calling you was to discuss payments by Agliotti to the accused (Selebi).”

Muller: “Yes.’’

Cilliers: “But if Agliotti told you that the initials meant Jackie Selebi why didn’t you disclose that?’’

Muller: “I don’t know.’’

Cilliers: “You are changing your statement now to create a stronger version against the accused.’’

In his statement to the NPA Flint said that he had always believed the initials, “JS”, referred to John Stratton and that “cop” referred to a retired policeman known only as Bezuidenhout.

This week he told the court that Bezuidenhout used to visit their old offices and that the dates on the cheques did not match the times of the retired ­police officer’s visits.

Cilliers: “If your memory is so bad why do you all of a sudden remember that Mr Bezuidenhout visited your old offices? Why remember now an incident that happened so long ago?”

Flint: “I was made aware of this by the prosecution probably 10 days ago.’’

Cilliers: “This was suggested to you in order to change what was in your statement, again to create a certain impression.’’


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