Selebi arrogant and disrespectful – prosecutor

2010-06-07 10:57

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi was an “arrogant and

disrespectful person” with no respect for the truth, prosecutor Gerrie Nel told

the high court in Johannesburg.

“It was, in our view, appalling to hear that the accused had

personally consulted with a state witness before the state had closed its case

and made the witness available to the defence, and that during his

cross-examination he personally consulted with a potential defence witness on

the merits of the matter.

“The accused, without input from his legal team, quoted from files

that he brought along during cross-examination. All of this is indicative of an

arrogant and disrespectful person who was overimpressed with his own importance

and who wouldn’t crawl to no one,” Nel said.

Nel was presenting his closing arguments in a corruption trial that

has been running since October 2009.

Selebi has pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption and

defeating the ends of justice. The charges relate to R1.2 million in allegedly

dubious payments made to him.

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