Security tight at Selebi sentencing

2010-07-14 08:40

Security was tight for former national police commissioner Jackie

Selebi’s sentencing in the Johannesburg High Court in Johannesburg today.

Apart from the usual scanner and X-ray machine at the entrance to

the court building, another scanner and a group of security guards were placed

at the entrance to the corridor housing the court where the National Prosecuting

Authority (NPA) was expected to ask for a minimum 15-year jail sentence.

On July 2, Selebi was found guilty of corruption for receiving over

R200 000 from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.

An additional layer of security surprised the women attending the

proceedings as they were taken into a private room for a body search.

“This is normal for sentencing,” said the official, patting down

the Sapa reporter.

People were also forced to abandon any food or drinks they had

brought along.

Outside the court, photographers waited in the cold to catch a

picture of Selebi, while at least 20 of his former police colleagues were

positioned inside and outside the building to maintain security.

An NPA official explained that in cases of corruption involving

more than R10 000 committed by a law enforcement officer, they were entitled to

ask for a minimum sentence of 15 years.


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