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By unknown | Jan 15, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Kingdom Mabuza

National police commissioner Jackie Selebi last night told the Scorpions not to ask for a postponement when they go to court.

Selebi, on leave because of corruption charges against him, was responding to the bid by Scorpions to get information out of at least 10 senior police officials.

Selebi said when the Scorpion's took him to court "they told the public that they had evidence against him and they were ready to prosecute".

"What they are not going to get is another postponement," he said.

Selebi said the Scorpion's frenzy in issuing subpoenas was an indication that they have no case against him.

It was reported yesterday that the Scorpions obtained subpoenas against top police officials to "surrender evidence Scorpions need to prosecute Selebi".

Scorpions want to force SAPS to hand over documents, correspondence, video footage, case dockets, diaries and top secret reports.

"These people (Scorpions) do not have a case. They just go on fishing. This is an unfortunate investigation, they do not know what they want," said a livid Selebi.

He said he was fully aware of the intentions of Scorpions "with their on-going fishing exercise".

NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali confirmed last night that the Scorpions had applied for subpoenas in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act for purposes of finalising outstanding aspects of the investigation.

"The subpoenas relate to persons from whom cooperation is sought, and they have been served the papers. The NPA will not provide the names of such persons as it believes that it is their prerogative to do so," said Tlali.

He said the NPA was committed to commence with the trial as the case had already been placed on the roll of the Johannesburg High Court.

The Scorpions apparently issued subpoenas to acting police commissioner Tim Williams, divisional commissioner detective services and former crime intelligence head, Commissioner Rayman Lalla, former head of detective services Johan de Beer.

The subpoenas, which were obtained from the Randburg Magistrates' Court, give the SAPS until January 27 to deliver evidence, and were handed to the police on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Director Sally de Beer referred Sowetan to Scorpions when asked to confirm the subpoenas.

Apparently the evidence includes details of murder accused Glenn Agliotti activities as a police informer, video recordings of Agliotti, and records of Selebi's travelling.

Police intelligence sources told Sowetan that the "Scorpions will not get that material, it is top secret documents and it is classified".

"You cannot even use classified information in court," the source said.

Selebi is facing charges of corruption and defeating the administration of justice.


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