24 July 2024 | 04:23 AM

Selebi trial waits on declassified document

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The corruption trial of former police boss Jackie Selebi was adjourned on Wednesday morning to allow Selebi to go home and fetch an alleged secret report he declassified and showed his former friend and drug dealer, Glenn Agliotti.

Selebi mentioned the existence of the document for the first time in court on Tuesday, and added that he used his powers as police national commissioner to declassify the document to show it to Agliotti. The document contains names of alleged information-peddlers, including that of businessman Jurgen Kögl, who was alleged to have been spreading rumours that Selebi was paid by the Kebble family.

On Wednesday morning, however, Selebi testified he declassified the document for purposes of handing it out at a meeting of the National Security Council. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused Selebi of changing his version “overnight” and questioned him at length about the process of declassification.

When Nel asked Selebi why he hadn’t brought the document to court on Wednesday, Selebi said: “I didn’t look for it. I’ll find it. I will look for it and I will find it. I wasn’t in the mood.”

A long argument then ensued over whether Selebi could go to Pretoria, fetch the document and be back at court at 2pm. Nel eventually asked for a postponement to allow Selebi to fetch the document.

He will hand it over to his attorney on Wednesday afternoon, who will give it to the prosecution before close of business. Nel hinted that he doesn’t believe the document exists.

The trial continues on Thursday.

Selebi faces charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

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Before joining the amaBhungane team in 2017, Micah was the national coordinator for media freedom and diversity at the Right2Know Campaign. He holds a Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and a BA Honours in History from Wits University.

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