Judge blasts authors for praising Glenn Agliotti

2013-09-09 10:00

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Cape Town High Court Judge Dennis Davis has hit out at authors for describing convicted criminal Glenn Agliotti as a “wonderful man”.

“We have a country that is battling to deal with the issues of massive corruption and yet here (the book) you start off saying that he (Agliotti) is a wonderful man,” Business Day reported Davis as saying.

The two authors, Sean Newman and Peter Piegl, wanted to tell Agliotti’s side of the story and to fill in the gaps in other books, according to the report.

Davis was questioned by an audience member at the Open Book Fair in Cape Town as to why he was sharing a stage with a criminal if he believed corruption was a serious issue.

“Yes corruption is a very serious issue and that is why I’m asking the authors of the book how they can portray someone like him (Agliotti) in such a light,” he said.

He later told the newspaper he was not aware that Agliotti would be part of the panel discussing the book.

Agliotti was convicted of drug dealing and later turned state’s evidence against some of the accused in the corruption trial of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi. Selebi was sentenced to 15 years, which was later converted to medical parole.

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