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Power failure delays Kebble crony's case

By unknown | Oct 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Negotiations between the Scorpions and the late Brett Kebble's security chief Clinton Nassif will be finalised in court tomorrow.

Negotiations between the Scorpions and the late Brett Kebble's security chief Clinton Nassif will be finalised in court tomorrow.

Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the Scorpions had not yet completed discussions with Nassif about his arrest for involvement in alleged drug-dealing.

Appearing after a two-hour delay at the Alberton regional court sitting in Germiston, Nel said the matter was still not ready to be heard in court because of a power failure.

He said "lots of gremlins had crept into the papers".

Magistrate James van Wyk said "some or the other problems were experienced" and therefore the court would reconvene at 9am today.

Nassif was expected to enter into a plea bargain agreement yesterday.

On Tuesday, 39-year-old Nassif was added to the list of accused in a drug case that includes Brett Kebble murder accused Glenn Agliotti, and four others.

Nel had asked the Germiston magistrate's court to reconvene yesterday to allow the prosecution to finalise negotiations with Nassif.

Outside court yesterday, Nel told journalists he was "embarrassed" but said the delay was the result of the recent power failures.

He said prosecutors were attending to the details and would be ready to proceed with the matter tomorrow.

When asked whether a deal between the Scorpions and Nassif had fallen through, Nel said he would prefer "not to talk about negotiations".

The drug-dealing case was a "very complicated investigation", he said.

Nel said he was "convinced" that "all the big guys" related to the alleged drug-dealing case had now been arrested.

Nassif managed to give reporters the slip after arriving in court.

He left in attorney Marius du Toit's luxury vehicle without speaking to the media.

On Tuesday, magistrate Van Wyk also postponed the trial of the four other accused - Agliotti, Stephanos Paparas, his father Dimitrio Paparas, and Stanley Poonin - until March 4 next year.

Nel said on Tuesday that "new facts" made it impossible to proceed with the trial at this time.

The accused face drug-dealing charges for their alleged involvement in a syndicate that was about to export R250million worth of drugs to the US.

Investigators seized 1114 kilograms of dagga and 2064 kilograms of hashish at the time of the arrest.

Three men - Lesley Allan Curtis, Christiaan Alblas, Pedro Marques - who were arrested in connection with the case have turned state witness. - Sapa


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