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Further Selebi trial delays

2010-02-01 12:33

Johannesburg - Former top cop Jackie Selebi's corruption case was delayed on Monday when the state security ministry said it was applying to the Constitutional Court to prevent an ex intelligence official from testifying.

This came after the Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed an application to prevent ex intelligence official Barry Gilder from testifying.

"We've received an instruction from our clients to appeal against the court ruling," said Hamilton Maenetje, a lawyer representing the ministry.

The ministry had argued that forcing Gilder to testify could set a precedent - with serious constitutional ramifications - where intelligence information could be compromised.

But prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the testimony wanted from Gilder would cover information already in the public domain as several witnesses had already mentioned it in their testimony.

Selebi, who cut a lone figure in the witness room outside Court 4B on Monday morning, faces a count of corruption and another of defeating the ends of justice in connection with some R1.2m he allegedly received from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, Kebble and ex-Hyundai boss Billy Rautenbach in return for favours.

The ministry is expected to file papers by 14:00 on February 8. The State would then file its answering affidavit on February 12. The case was postponed to March 1.

Selebi is facing a count of corruption and another of defeating the ends of justice in connection with some R1.2m he allegedly received from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and ex-Hyundai boss Billy Rautenbach in return for favours.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Comments
  • JC - 2010-02-01 12:57

    What utter rubbish! Here we have the state actively sabotaging their own case so that their buddy can get off. If JZ's attorney's can get access to oh so secret tapes we will never see, what's wrong with the testimony of an intelligence official? Another fine example of "equality before the law" in action.

  • Concerned Citizen - 2010-02-01 13:07

    It will hopefully be a new page in South African history acknowledging the fact that it doesn't matter who you are, if you commit crime you go to jail. Too many ANC "buddies" are exonerated due to loopholes - its time to wake up and prosecute the useless money grabbing baboons!!

  • Piet - 2010-02-01 13:21

    Is Selebi still beeing paid?

  • justitia - 2010-02-01 13:29

    Two things:
    1. Surely it is in the interests of state security to get this bent policeman properly tried and a verdict done?
    2. The court has the discretion of allowing this evidence to be heard in camera. Surely that's sufficient.
    I suspect that there is, as usual, more than meets the eye - a desire, yet again, to cover things up on the part of our so-called state.

  • Paul - 2010-02-01 14:40

    And this from the Ministry, who's Minister's wife is to go on trail for drug trafficking?
    A drug trafficker's husband, to protect a drug trafficker's crooked cop friend
    This is not justice, it is outrageous!

  • mpendulo bomvu - 2010-02-01 14:59

    set everyone free and start a new chapter.

  • I want to vomit - 2010-02-01 15:07

    The law in this country is a farce. For a case like this (and many, many other cases to drag on and on tells us that the criminals of this country rule the roost. No wonder we are in the shambles that we are in and no one points a finger at the government - i.e. ANC - because they are just as criminal in their everyday dealings.

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