I’m not the ‘landlord’ – Agliotti

2009-10-13 13:28

After a weekend break following an intense first week of the trial

against former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, the case resumed at a snail’s

pace in the South Gauteng High Court today.

On the witness stand for the fifth day, Glenn Agliotti denied that

he was the “landlord” – one of the biggest international drug smugglers – as he

was made out to be in the media.

When the first stories about the relationship between Selebi and

Agliotti made headlines, Agliotti was believed to be the mastermind behind an

international drug smuggling ring which used South Africa as a conduit to ship

drugs to European countries.

Under cross-examination from Selebi’s legal counsel Jaap Cilliers,

Agliotti said he was not the “landlord”.

Cilliers said that if the reports which painted Agliotti as the

biggest drug dealer were to be believed, then the deal to escape prosecution in

a R250 million drug trial he received from the defunct Scorpions would be the

biggest deal in the country’s history.

Agliotti agreed but reiterated that he was not the


Agliotti entered into a plea-and sentence agreement with the state

and was handed a suspended sentence and a R500?000 fine for smuggling hashish

worth R250 million. In return, he agreed to testify against Stephanos Paparas

and his elderly father, Dimitri in the drug trial. He also agreed to testify

against his former friend Selebi.

Agliotti also denied paying Anthony Dormehl to give false

information to the Scorpions about Selebi in the drug case trial. Details of

such false information will be heard later in the day.

The trial continues.

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