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Murder accused Najwa Petersen is going to testify in her own defence, her advocate Klaus von Lieres said yesterday.
The revelation came during his cross-examination of Fahime Hendricks, who said he arranged hitmen at Najwa's request to kill her entertainer husband Taliep.
Von Lieres told Hendricks that his client "will testify" that she lent him R20000 on two occasions, and R10000 on a third, shortly before Taliep's death.
She would say he had been behind on repayments of the R10000, and that she phoned him to ask when she would get her money.
She would also testify, Von Lieres said, that when he came to her house to make a repayment on the R10000, she gave him four cut diamonds to sell for a total of R250000, promising him a commission of R10000.
"There was no diamond transaction. That was also a lie," replied Hendricks.
He told the court in his evidence-in-chief that to provide a cover for the string of calls between himself and Najwa in the run-up to the killing, he initially told police that they were having an affair. Then, at her insistence, changed the story to say they were involved in an illicit diamond transaction.
He made three statements to police, of which the first two were false.
In one of them, handed in as an exhibit, he described the supposed affair.
"We just kissed, and did not have sexual relations," he said in it.
When Najwa initially asked him to find hitmen, he was "a bit shocked". - Sapa