Verbal sparring unfolds in Kebble case over destroyed documents

2010-08-02 12:44

Brett Kebble’s former security boss, Clinton Nassif, told the high court in Johannesburg on Monday (August 2, 2010) that his company had destroyed documents compiled by Kebble and his business partner, John Stratton, regarding people they wanted “taken care of”.

Nassif was testifying at the trial of drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.

Under cross-examination by Agliotti’s attorney, Advocate Laurence Hodes, it emerged that Nassif compiled “profiles” of certain people who were giving the Kebble’s problems.

The list included Mark Wellesley-Wood, Mark Bristow, Jean Daniel Nortier and journalist Paul Kirk.

Hodes accused Nassif of initially hiding from the Scorpions.

He suggested that Nassif only turned state witness because he was facing fraud charges.

Nassif said the documents were destroyed as part of a “clean-up”.

“I remember we did destroy documents. It was the right thing to do at the time,” he told the court.

Nassif is a section 204 witness, which entitles him to indemnity from prosecution should the court find that he testified truthfully.

The verbal sparring between Hodes and Nassif continued.

Hodes pointed out again that Nassif’s statements – one he gave three years ago and a supplementary statement in March 2010 – were “irreconcilable”.

He branded him a liar and told him he was “coached” about “what to say”.

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