Temporary reprieve for Selebi

2010-07-01 14:27

Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi will have one

more night before knowing his fate.

Judge Meyer Joffe postponed delivering his judgment in the South

Gauteng High Court until tomorrow and promised that it would be finalised at a

reasonable time.

Joffe started delivering his judgment this morning in a packed and

very warm court room 4B.

During the day, Joffe coughed occasionally and constantly drank water,

admitting that he had problems with his throat.

While the public gallery was packed in the morning, it was deserted

by this


Only the large media contingent and Selebi’s family members stayed

behind for the duration of the proceedings in the afternoon – mainly because

Joffe, with concurrence of state prosecutor Gerrie Nel and Selebi’s lawyer

Advocate Jaap Cilliers, indicated that he would be finished with the judgment


While not indicating to which side he was leaning, Joffe did

indicate that Selebi had attacked the credibility of state star witness Glenn

Agliotti and his (Agliotti’s) former girlfriend Dianne

Muller. Selebi did not question the credibility of the other 15 witnesses in the

same manner.

This could be an indication that the evidence of the other

witnesses – including former prosecutions chief Vusi Pikoli ­– could be accepted

as truthful.

On the first day of the judgment, Joffe gave the history of the

case against Selebi and listed the witnesses for both the state and the defence.

He went through evidence of the witnesses during the trial which began nine

months ago.

Among the details he touched on included payments Agliotti had

allegedly made to Selebi. Some of the payments were corroborated by Agliotti’s

former girlfriend, Muller, when she testified.

Selebi is accused of receiving over R1.2 million from former

fugitive Billy Rautenbach and mining magnate Brett Kebble and his father, Roger.

The money was paid through Agliotti, and Selebi, in

turn, allegedly advanced favours to the convicted drug dealer, including showing

Agliotti confidential intelligence reports about him being monitored by British

authorities for his alleged criminal conduct.

Selebi has denied all the charges against him and refuted claims

that he had received money from Agliotti or that his actions – of showing

Agliotti information – amounted to defeating the ends of justice.

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