New probe into Selebi?

2015-02-02 00:00

FORMER president Thabo Mbeki has encouraged the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to start a new probe into the activities of Jackie Selebi.

Former police commissioner Selebi was sent to prison for 15 years in August after he was found guilty of corruption, but was released on medical parole after less than a year.

He died on January 23 at the age of 64 after suffering a long illness related to kidney problems.

Speaking at his memorial service on Saturday, Mbeki suggested a reliable investigation and fair trial had not been available for the former head of police.

He said he hoped the NPA would now do a thorough investigation into the corruption charges on which Selebi was found guilty.

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte also said the full story on Selebi was not yet known and expressed the hope that the truth will come out.

She also said: “Selebi produced clean audits in every place that he worked, so the notion that he was a corrupt cop can’t hold.”

Both Mbeki and Duarte referred to a Sunday Independent report that quotes former crime intelligence boss Mulangi Mphegosaying Selebi’s relationship with convicted drug lord Glenn Agliotti, which resulted in Selebi’s 15-year prison sentence, was an intelligence operation authorised by the country’s intelligence bosses at the time.

Mphego’s claim is expected to be part of new evidence and affidavits that will form the basis of an application to the NPA to review Selebi’s case.

Mphego told the Sunday Independent there was a grave injustice in the way Selebi was tried. Evidence had been “suppressed” and ignored to secure Selebi’s conviction. His claims were independently corroborated by two former intelligence bosses, who declined to be named as they remained in service. Mphego said Selebi had been tasked by the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee to pursue a relationship with Agliotti.

The committee co-ordinates all intelligence gathered by the country’s other intelligence agencies. — Media24-WR.

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