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Selebi feels heat at trial

2010-04-29 15:34

Johannesburg - Sarcasm and heated arguments between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi and prosecutor Gerrie Nel abounded in the South Gauteng High Court on Thursday during Selebi's corruption trial.

The exchange of words was about Selebi's constant referral to his hand-written notes, and again prompted Judge Meyer Joffe to play referee between the two men.

"I put it to you, Mr Selebi, you are not paying attention to the question, you are instead paging through notes your brought with you from home," said Nel.

Selebi replied: "Mr Nel, I listen with my ears, not my eyes," drawing hushed giggles from the public gallery.

Household expenses

Nel had wanted to know why Selebi failed to bring to court the receipts he said he used to compile the hand-written notes detailing his household expenses for 2004 and 2005.

Selebi, who insisted on producing bank statements, answered: "Because I found better proof in these credit card statements."

Nel earlier accused him of being a money launderer over foreign currency he exchanged after overseas trips.

"You went to France, they accept credit cards. You had your Diners (Club) card. Why would you need more cash?" he asked.

"I put it to you, Mr Selebi, you laundered cash into foreign currency and back into rands, so that when asked where you got your cash, you'd say 'I sold forex,'" said Nel.

The trial continues.