Selebi wants Agliotti video shown in court

2009-10-14 10:34

FORMER police chief Jackie Selebi wants the South Gauteng High

Court to see a video recording of state star witness Glenn Agliotti to the

police where he exonerated him of any wrongdoing.

Senior Counsel Jaap Cilliers, for Selebi, told the court this

morning that the August 2008 recording made by then acting chief of crime

intelligence Mulangi Mphego was important to his client’s case.

“The video is absolutely and extremely relevant. There is no point

to exclude this evidence. It was not illegally obtained. It was obtained through

the knowledge of the witness,” Cilliers told the court.

State advocate Gerrie Nel objected to the use of the video, saying

that Agliotti was misled by Mphego into agreeing to do the interview. Nel argued

that Mphego and Agliotti had agreed before the meeting that it was off the

record and its contents were only for intelligence gathering.

But Cilliers contended that the video would “lead to the end of the

state’s case” against Selebi.

Agliotti testified that Mphego had told him that he had eyes and

ears everywhere and that he had information that the late Brett Kebble and his

father Roger had paid $1?million to Agliotti for Selebi.

Agliotti said he denied to Mphego that there was any money that

came from the Kebbles meant for Selebi. He said it was his own money.

Judge Meyer Joffe told both legal teams that he deserved and

required “proper argument from both parties” and also hinted that maybe there

should be a trial-within-a trial over the admissibility of the video.

The trial continues.

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