Selebi's brother interrupts court

2010-04-19 12:28
Johannesburg - Jackie Selebi's corruption trial was adjourned briefly on Monday morning when his brother interfered with court proceedings, making comments and pacing up and down the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

Former police commissioner Selebi was being cross-examined by prosecutor Gerrie Nel when his brother George made gestures and told Nel that Selebi "can't answer".

This prompted Judge Meyer Joffe to order Selebi's counsel Jaap Cilliers to "deal with him".

"Is he part of the Selebi camp? I need you to deal with him. I'm not going to have his comments or interjections in court," said Joffe.

Brief meeting

Cilliers said he was not sure if the man, who was seated with Selebi's relatives, including Selebi's wife, was a family member.

He then followed the man outside court, along with Selebi and other family members for a brief meeting.

The man's interjections followed an argument of some sort between Nel and Selebi when Selebi took time to answer questions relating to a police reservist who was also being paid as a police informer.

The man, Paul Stemmet, was a registered police source who worked closely with Glenn Agliotti to give information to police relating to the smuggling of drugs and contraband goods into the country.

Nel had wanted to know why a police reservist was also being paid as an informer.

When Selebi stalled, Nel said: "For record purposes, you [Selebi] are not answering... standing hands on hips, staring at me".

At this Selebi's brother stood up and walked towards the exit, gesturing with his hands.

He then opened the door as if to walk out but then walked back in and went to sit with other family members.

File


When Selebi eventually answered, he took out a thick file and started reading some printed emails from it. Nel said it was not acceptable for Selebi to read from papers that were not filed with the court.

Selebi later explained that Stemmet was being paid as both a police informant and a reservist because the police had used the reservist title as a cover.

Nel then asked Selebi why Stemmet was an exception, considering he had taken offence when being told that Paul O'Sullivan worked as both a police reservist and head of security at the OR Tambo International Airport.

"O Sullivan is Irish and Stemmet is South African," answered Selebi.

When Nel probed further and asked if O'Sullivan being Irish was the only reason Selebi had had a problem with him being a police reservist, Selebi kept quiet and that is when his brother shouted, "He can't answer."

Selebi was facing a count 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.

- SAPA
Read more on:    jackie selebi  |  glenn agliotti  |  jackie selebi trial
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.