Nassif grilling continues

2010-07-30 12:21

Heated exchanges between defence lawyer Laurence Hodes and state

witness Clinton Nassif ensued in the High Court in Johannesburg as cross

examination continued today.

Nassif is slain mining magnate Brett Kebble’s former security


Hodes pointed out contradictions in Nassif’s statement to the

Scorpions and his testimony to the court yesterday.

The two men interrupted each other and shouted over each other,

with Nassif getting flustered as Hodes attempted to get him to admit he was


This prompted Judge Frans Kgomo to intervene, telling Nassif not to “get

emotional” and urging Hodes not to interrupt.

It emerged that Kebble’s business partner, John Stratton, had given

Nassif a knife to “take care” of former Allan Gray auditor Stephen Mildenhall

during a meeting in Cape Town.

This was not mentioned in Nassif’s statement to

the Scorpions.

Hodes wanted to know why Nassif had apportioned responsibility for

Mildenhall’s shooting to Agliotti in his testimony to the court but not in his


In the statement Nassif said he had negotiated with Stratton on a

R1?million payment to kill Mildenhall.

In his testimony he told the court he and

Agliotti had discussed the fee beforehand and then given the figure to


Nassif, a tall, burly man, slouched in the witness stand,

frequently taking sips of water. He was visibly shaken by Hodes, who repeatedly

told him he was lying.

As Kgomo adjourned for tea he advised the prosecution to tell their

client to remain calm and not interject when the defence asked a question.

He told Nassif that if he felt “angry” and “ready to burst” he

should say so and he would be given time to calm down.

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