Closing arguments continue in Selebi case

The prosecution in the Jackie Selebi corruption trial was expected

to wrap up its closing arguments in the High Court in Johannesburg this

morning.


Prosecutor Gerrie Nel tore Selebi’s evidence apart during his

arguments yesterday, focusing on the former police chief’s allegedly corrupt

relationship with convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and money he

allegedly received from him.


Nel described Selebi as an “arrogant and disrespectful person” with

no regard for the truth, and said he had been careful not to leave any paper

trail that could link him to the Kebble mining family.


“The accused, a policeman with a definite appreciation that he

could be the target of many a shrewd corrupter, ensured that his own bank

account did not reveal transactions regarding unexplained money [and] would not

deposit unexplained money into his account,” Nel told the court yesterday.


This argument related to the R1.2 million Selebi allegedly received

from the Kebble mining family through Agliotti.


To cover his tracks, Selebi had laundered foreign currency, Nel

said.


“The accused had dollars to sell and failed to explain to the court

where he obtained the currency. The only reasonable inference must be that the

accused sold the dollars he received from Agliotti.”


Once Nel was finished, Selebi’s lawyer Jaap Cilliers would present

his own arguments.


The two parties were expected to wrap up their arguments before

Friday. The trial could then be postponed to a date in July, after the World

Cup.

 
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