Witnesses delay Selebi case

2009-11-12 22:06

Johannesburg - The corruption trial of former police chief Jackie Selebi was postponed in the South Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

Judge Meyer Joffe adjourned court at the request of prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

"There is difficulty I have had with consulting the next three witnesses... to prepare them for court," said Nel. "I would require the court to stand down."

Nel said not all the witnesses were in the country and he also had to consult certain legal teams.

He asked the court to stand down until Tuesday to provide enough time for the State to hand the defence any further documents or affidavits that may be prepared over the weekend and on Friday.

Existence of accounts

During Thursday's proceedings, bookkeeper Shaun Maharaj took the stand and testified to the existence of accounts by Selebi and his self-proclaimed former friend Glenn Agliotti at the luxury Sandton clothing store, Grays.

Police reservist Aubrey Shlugman and crime intelligence officials Mark Henkel, Willem Els and Superintendent A Nelson also took the stand.

A visibly distressed Henkel testified about intelligence files related to convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti which went missing from his office.

Els's testimony lasted mere minutes. He told the court he forwarded a United Kingdom customs office intelligence report related to Agliotti to Henkel.

Nelson testified that he worked on the same report.

Shlugman told the court of a conversation he had with Selebi while attending to a crime scene in 2005.

He said Agliotti arrived at the scene and handed him a cellphone. He was told by Selebi: "He [Agliotti] is a good friend of mine, please look after him."

Selebi is being tried on a count of corruption and another of defeating the ends of justice in connection with at least R1.2m he allegedly received from Agliotti and others in return for favours.