Take care of my friend, Selebi told police

2009-11-12 10:25

FORMER top cop Jackie Selebi told his subordinates to look after

his friend after a burglary at the complex where Glenn Agliotti lived.

Superintendent Aubrey Shlugman testified in the South High Court

today about the burglary at West Ferry in Morningside.

Shlugman, a police reservist, said he was processing the complaint

when a man handed him a cellphone and said the police commissioner wanted to

speak to him. The man later identified himself to Shlugman as Agliotti.

Shlugman recognised Selebi’s voice and the former police chief

asked him for a run-down of what had transpired before saying: “He is a good

friend of mine. Please look after him (referring to Agliotti).”

Shlugman said Agliotti called him three weeks later on a Sunday

evening (around 9.50pm) about another problem at the complex.

According to him, Agliotti said: “I cannot get hold of Jackie

Selebi; his phone is on voicemail. There’s a problem at West Ferry

complex.”

Shlugman said it was strange that Agliotti would call the national

commissioner when the Sandton Police Station was just 200m from the

complex.

He said he forwarded Agliotti the police station’s telephone number

and never heard from him again.

In a separate ruling, Judge Meyer Joffe ordered that photographs of

three new witnesses – expected to take the stand this afternoon – should not be

published because they were intelligence operatives.

The witnesses said that they dealt with matters of national

security and publishing their pictures could compromise their work.

The trial continues.

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