Selebi calls Agliotti an encyclopaedia of the underworld

2010-04-15 14:19

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi has described convicted

drug dealer Glenn Agliotti as an encyclopaedia.

Selebi said Agliotti had a wealth of information about underworld

criminal activities that involved drugs and smuggling.

Selebi took the stand at his corruption trial today to defend

himself against charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

The charges relate to his relationship with Agliotti. The state

claims that Selebi received personal benefits to protect criminals. He has

pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Asked to describe Agliotti, Selebi said the convicted criminal –

whom he had called his friend, “finish and klaar” – knew more than one could


“He (Agliotti) gave me lots of information. He’s like an

encyclopaedia. He gave me such information about contraband cigarettes, Chinese

syndicates, and people who were bringing shoes and electronic goods to South

Africa for export to other countries,’’ Selebi said.

He said the information he had received from Agliotti was passed on

to the SA Revenue Service and the police for further investigation.

The trial continues in the South Gauteng High Court.

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