Selebi judge stands his ground

2009-10-29 12:11

JUDGE Meyer Joffe has told Jackie Selebi’s defence team that he

doesn’t understand why they did not raise any objections with him during the

trial about the way he was conducting himself.

A highly irritated Joffe, also told Selebi’s lawyer Jaap Cilliers

that it wasn’t his duty to raise objections during the proceeding and that it is

very unfair for them to now apprehend him for that.

“Have you had any objections you could have raised it and I would

deal with it. Why do you put it at my door now when you did not raise it with

me,” asked Joffe.

Cilliers argued that Joffe showed bias when he:

  • failed to question the motive behind

    Selebi’s prosecution;

  • accepted witness statements from the

    state which they initially refused to hand in;

  • refused to allow a City Press article

    about a secret video tape as evidence; and

  • attempted to use wrong information to

    assist state witness Glenn Agliotti.

Joffe told Cilliers that he found it remarkable that a man of his

experience could fail to object to matters that disadvantaged his client.

Cilliers said that Selebi was within his rights to bring the

application on suspicion of bias alone. According to Cilliers, Selebi felt that

the prosecution was acting with an ulterior purpose and that it was Joffe’s duty

to see to it that justice was done.

“How can you suggest to me that I am at fault for not taking the

state to task. If you felt hard done by, a man of you experience should have

said that.

“No indication was given to me that you were upset or wanted to

object”, said Joffe.

Cilliers told Joffe that Selebi felt that he was “favouring” the

state and he appeared to be ruling in their favour with every objection they


“We work with impressions, it’s a test of bias. The applicant’s

(Selebi) impression is that when the state objects in each incident you rule in

their favour,” said Cilliers.

“That cannot be true,” replied Joffe. “I ruled against them about

the video (January 7) and the City Press article,”

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