Kebbles slam state’s conduct

2010-11-27 00:00

EXPRESSING sadness and dismay at the acquittal of Glenn Agliotti, Brett Kebble’s family said yesterday they believe it was never the state’s intention to convict him.

In a statement issued on their behalf, the family said they intend to study the judgment with a view to pursuing a civil claim against Agliotti and others implicated in the murder.

They said the acquittal “discounts” Agliotti’s sworn statement in 2006 that he was involved in the plot.

“Had the statement been admissible it is unlikely that Agliotti would have been discharged.

“The facts relating to Brett’s murder and the indemnities given to [Mikey] Schultz, [Clinton] Nassif, [Nigel] McGurk and [Faizel] Smith and the use of Agliotti as a witness in the Selebi corruption trial prior to bringing him to trial for Brett’s murder are indicative of the fact that the state believed that a prosecution of Selebi was far more important that the prosecution of Agliotti and others for murder,” the statement said.

Nassif was not in fact granted immunity from prosecution. The state has not indicated if he will be charged.

The family say the “schoolboy error” of taking a statement in such a way as would later render it inadmissible “seems improbable” by experienced prosecutors Gerrie Nel and Andrew Leask, and concludes that this must have been deliberate.

Turning to Agliotti, the statement said: “The arrogance and celebrity status given to Agliotti is a ‘slap in the face’ for the Kebble Family as well as his statement … that he is of the view that he does not owe the family any apology”.

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