Selebi did what Agliotti said

2009-10-07 15:29

ONCE former police commissioner Jackie Selebi was in the payroll of convicted drug smuggler Glenn Agliotti, the cop did anything that his friend wanted.

Agliotti testified that Selebi did most of his requests once the police chief started receiving gifts, shopping sprees and money.

The requests included facilitation of several meetings between Selebi and people who had run-ins with the law to attending to burglaries at Agliotti’s complex in Johannesburg’s upmarket suburb of Sandton.

Agliotti was giving evidence in the trial for the second day today and said he was embarrassed when he was stopped at the OR Tambo International Airport by a police officer who wanted to know his house address.

He said he and his family, including his younger daughter, were going to Mauritius on holiday in December 2004 when the incident happened.

“Once I was inside the aircraft, I called the accused to tell him what had happened. I said that it was rather embarrassing, especially in front of the kids,” he said.

Selebi asked him if he knew who the police officer who had stopped him was, but Agliotti did not know. “I left it that.”

Agliotti also said that he called on Selebi when there was yet another burglary at the complex where he was staying – just 200 metres from Sandton police station. Police were on the scene when Agliotti spoke to Selebi on his cellphone and the former cop then spoke to the investigating officer.

Agliotti, who is to stand trial for the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble, also told the court that he organised meetings which Selebi attended.

One of such meetings was with Clinton Nassif - Kebble’s former head of security - and whom Agliotti asked Selebi to consider him to be a police informer. Nassif was convicted of drug dealing and received a suspended sentence.

Agliotti also organised a meeting where Jordanian businessman Eyhab Jumean asked Selebi to investigate alleged blackmail attempts by Brad “Bad Brad” Woods. Woods, a Big Brother contestant, allegedly wanted Jumean to pay him 500 000 pounds and threatened to expose his sexual exploits with model Gina Athans – who married Jumean later.

Agliotti is expected to finish his testimony tomorrow and his cross-examination by Selebi’s legal counsel Jaap Cilliers will begin.

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