I lied to save Selebi – Agliotti

2009-10-08 10:56

Glenn Agliotti, the star state witness in corruption trial of his

friend and former police chief Jackie Selebi, has admitted in court that he lied

to the country’s intelligence to protect Selebi.

Agliotti told the South Gauteng High Court that he lied to prevent

him from being prosecuted for the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble.

In an astonishing admission, he also said he paid Selebi because:

“We were friends. I needed him in my business dealings. I needed him very close.

I also needed him with the Kebbles.”

Agliotti earlier this week testified that Roger Kebble and his son

Brett paid him $1?million (R7.6?million) to access Selebi.

At a meeting held with intelligence bosses at the Balalaika Hotel

in Johannesburg in January last year, Agliotti said he told them “what they

wanted to hear.”

Former National Intelligence Agency head Manala Manzini and the

police’s Crime Intelligence boss Mulangi Mphego were at the meeting.

Selebi used Agliotti’s statement from the meeting in his failed bid

to have the charges against him quashed in court last January. But the

prosecution obtained another statement from Agliotti days after the Balalaika

meeting, in which he claimed that he had been coerced into making the


“Not everything was factual, some of it. I told them, the NIA, what

they wanted to hear,” Agliotti told the court.

He said that he was desperate and needed to make a deal with

someone since people like Clinton Nassif (Kebble’s former security chief and

convicted drug dealer) had made a deal with the Scorpions.

Agliotti told the meeting that the Scorpions had told him that “the

most important person was Selebi and not the (alleged drug dealers Stephanos and

Dimitrio) Paparas and Brett Kebble murder.”

Asked by state advocate Gerrie Nel why he had lied, Agliotti said:

“I was hoping we would not be standing here today (with him testifying against


The trial continues.

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