Court told of Selebi’s R56 000 shopping spree

2010-04-30 10:43

Proceedings in the Jackie Selebi corruption trial today focused on

the ex-top cop’s expensive taste in clothing as prosecutor Gerrie Nel

cross-examined him on his purchases from Grays.

Selebi admitted to purchasing clothes worth R56 000 in a single day

at the luxurious Sandton clothing store in 2005.

“You bought clothes to the value of R56 000? Anything special about

that? That was more than your salary,” asked Nel.

Selebi said he had made the purchase following his appointment as

Interpol head “to keep up the looks”.

He said he had to look good for his first Interpol congress, and

had bought “Brioni suits”.

“It’s top of the range,” he said.

To pay back the account, he “exchanged forex” and carried up to R25

000 cash to the store.

But Nel disputed this, saying Selebi had “used cash from [Glenn]

Agliotti to pay”.

“Otherwise why would you carry such a large sum through a shopping

mall,” said Nel.

Selebi had, however, denied receiving cash from Agliotti.

He has pleaded not guilty to a count of corruption and another of

defeating the ends of justice in connection with at least R1.2 million he

allegedly received from Agliotti and others in return for favours.

The trial continues. –Sapa

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