Selebi 'double-dipped' his expenses

2010-08-02 14:55

Johannesburg - Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi was "double-dipping" his expense claims even though he was part of an anti-corruption team at Interpol and its president, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg heard on Monday.

This was revealed when Interpol chief financial officer Ganesh Melatur testified about the allowances the international organisation gave representatives.

The court heard that Selebi received over €20 000 while he was vice president and president.

This was paid over by a cashier who travelled to the conferences held by Interpol.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked whether it mattered to Interpol if their representatives also made the same travel claims with their country of origin, as Selebi had done.

Melatur said it did not and that it was not against Interpol rules.

Nel shook his head and asked: "The words 'double-dipping' is not important?"

When Melatur replied "no", Nel responded, "That's just interesting."

Melatur said that as they had over 180 member countries they could not take into account each country's procedures.

After a short break to verify information, Nel said Selebi had claimed for expenses twice.

He proceeded to read out various anti-corruption statements made by the organisation's secretary general.

This irked Selebi's defence lawyer Jaap Cilliers who said there was no doubt that Interpol was against corruption and he could not see the point of the questioning.

Naledi Mayor Ruth Mompati then testified that she could not believe what was being written about Selebi. They knew each other from when they were in exile with the ANC and she spoke highly of him.

She was followed by retired KwaZulu-Natal commissioner Hamilton Ngidi who said Selebi left behind a legacy of accountability and commitment.

They were testifying in mitigation of Selebi's sentencing after he was found guilty of corruption.