Selebi wants judge off his case

2009-10-21 10:29

IN A surprise move in the South Gauteng High Court, the lawyer

representing former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi has asked that

Judge Meyer Joffe be recused from the ongoing corruption trial.

Advocate Jaap Cilliers SC informed Joffe of his client’s intention

when the trial resumed today.

Cilliers said they will be able to file affidavits next week

Wednesday motivating their decision to have the senior judge removed from the

case.

He told Judge Joffe that he had the “unpleasant task” of applying

for him to be removed.

After the announcement, Joffe adjourned the court until next week

Thursday when both parties will argue over Selebi’s application.

In court yesterday, Joffe reprimanded Cilliers over his insistence

to cross-examine the State star-witness Glenn Agliotti about the existence of a

secret video recording during a meeting with senior members of the National

Intelligence Agency (NIA) at a Sandton hotel last year.

“Just remember that you are addressing me and not the witness or

anybody else,” Judge Joffe told Cilliers, who in turn felt disrespected.

After the court adjournment, Selebi refused to speak to members of

the media about his sudden application.

The former police chief is facing two counts of corruption and one

of defeating the ends of justice related to payments of at least R1.2?million he

allegedly received from Agliotti.

Agliotti has claimed that the payments to Selebi, including

designer suites, bags and shoes, were not bribes.


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