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Selebi: I would've turned Agliotti in

2010-04-22 16:37

Johannesburg - Former police chief Jackie Selebi would have turned in his friend Glenn Agliotti had he been aware that United Kingdom police were investigating him for smuggling cocaine, he told the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"I would have made sure police investigated it (the allegation that Agliotti was a druglord)... and if possible, make an arrest," Selebi replied under cross-examination by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

He denied ever seeing the UK report, or showing it to Agliotti.

Agliotti, a convicted drug trafficker, testified last year that Selebi showed him the document because "he (Selebi) wanted to make me aware of the fact that the authorities in the UK were monitoring my movements and he told me so".

"I said to him that I had nothing to worry about. It didn't concern me. He (Selebi) just said that I was being monitored by the authorities... in the UK and I asked him for a copy of the document and he said that I could not have a copy of the document. He then departed."

The UK report detailed Agliotti's trips to London, his contact details and alleged that he transported significant quantities of cocaine.

When Selebi denied knowledge of the UK reports, Nel asked him why he had not taken action when he read that Agliotti was a druglord in media reports in 2006.

Media reports

"What's interesting is that that's when the media reports started. There were allegations of Agliotti being the druglord... and you never did anything," said Nel.

"Allegations are allegations," Selebi replied.

Nel put it to him that he would go out of his way "to find out who (Jugen) Kogel was, but you don't go out of your way and ask your policemen who is this man (Agliotti)".

Selebi said he had spoken to senior police officers about the matter.

He mentioned crime detectives head Johan De Beer, head of crime intelligence Mulangi Mphego and commercial crimes head Hans Meyer and former crime intelligence chief Raymond Lalla as some of the people he asked to investigate.

"I asked the detectives, 'Bring me concrete information'... but they never did," he said.

Selebi faces a charge of corruption and another of defeating the ends of justice in connection with at least R1.2m he allegedly received from Agliotti and others in return for favours.

The trial continues.