Agliotti weeps, saying he does not want to testify against Selebi

2009-10-08 08:11

The South Gauteng High Court had to be adjourned this morning as the state’s star witness Glenn Agliotti wept and said that he did not want to testify against his then friend, former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Agliotti, who started with his testimony yesterday against Selebi, told the court that he did not like state advocate Gerrie Nel and “I do not want to be here (giving testimony)”.

Nel had just started leading Agliotti about the events that led to the convicted drug dealer going to make a statement with intelligence officers at Sandton’s Balalaika Hotel last January.

At that meeting – attended by former National Intelligence Agency boss Manala Manzini and police’s Crime Intelligence chief Mulangi Mphego – Agliotti denied that he bribed Selebi and that there the National Prosecuting Authority had a conspiracy against the former police chief.

As he was giving his account of what drove him to the meeting, Agliotti told the court that he was “angry and frustrated”.

“I felt I had to appeal to someone to listen to my story. Before then, I had been arrested and gone through a house robbery. My family and I were exposed to a severe house robbery,” he said.

And then he added: “I don’t like being here. And I am sorry to tell you Mr Nel, but I don’t like you and the accused does not like you as well. I am also sorry to tell you, but not a lot of people like you”.

Then he cried, prompting Judge Meyer Joffe to adjourn the proceedings saying “it is only fair to give Mr Agliotti time to compose himself”.

The trial continues.

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