Selebi lawyers expected in court

2011-12-05 07:20

Convicted top cop Jackie Selebi’s lawyers were expected to ask the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg today to postpone his imprisonment, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

They approached our prosecutors on Saturday and informed them of what they plan to [do], that he may not be able to present himself to correctional services on Sunday (yesterday), but we told them to approach the registrar as prosecutors are not involved in that process,” NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said this morning.

Selebi reportedly collapsed on Friday after losing his case in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

The SCA agreed with the South Gauteng High Court’s finding that Selebi had received payments from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.

Selebi had to report to authorities within 48 hours to start his 15-year jail term, but was granted a reprieve yesterday because of a medical condition.

His lawyer, Wynanda Coetzee, told Afrikaans daily Beeld she visited him in hospital on Saturday evening, but due to the seriousness of his illness, he was unable to give her instructions on how to handle his case.

Coetzee said Selebi was “really, very, very critical”.

She confirmed his lawyers would approach the registrar of the high court today.

“If the order is that he must go to jail, then that will happen,” she told the Afrikaans daily.

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