State typing error could hamper Selebi case

2009-10-07 10:45

The state admitted to a crucial typing error in court today, a

mistake that could see important evidence scrapped in the corruption trial of

former national police chief Jackie Selebi.

The State made a mistake in the dates in the charge sheet against

Selebi.

The time period in which Selebi allegedly committed crimes should

be from 2000 to 2006 and not 2000 to 2005, said state prosecutor Gerrie

Nel.

“I am embarrassed... there was a typing error... and it was

repeated,” Nel said in the High Court in Johannesburg.

“Why it was missed my Lord...[I don’t know]. I read it a hundred

times and I missed it.”

He made an application to the court to amend the charge sheet

accordingly.

Selebi’s lawyer Jaap Cilliers had jumped on the mistake at the end

of proceedings yesterday, when it emerged that the alleged sharing of secret

information between Selebi and a UK investigation into his then friend,

convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti, happened in 2006.

Cilliers told Judge Meyer Joffe that the time period in the

indictment only covered alleged crimes committed until the end of 2005, and did

not include 2006.

“The charge sheet really restricted itself up to a certain date,”

Cilliers said this morning.

Selebi is facing two counts of corruption and defeating the ends of

justice, related to payments of at least R1.2 million he allegedly received from

Agliotti, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble, and ex-Hyundai boss and mining

businessman Billy Rautenbach.

The hearing continues.


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