FORMER national police commissioner Jackie Selebi is guilty of corruption, and the state has presented the court with more than enough evidence on which he should be convicted, the Johannesburg high court heard yesterday.
"The accused must not be discharged and this trial must continue. We are dealing with a generally corrupt relationship between two people who felt they were untouchable," State prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.
Nel was presenting his argument in an application by Selebi, the former national police commissioner, to have charges against him dropped owing to a lack of evidence.
Selebi's defence earlier argued that the state had failed to prove that their client received bribes from drug trafficker Glen Agliotti and controversial mining family, the Kebbles, in return for immunity from arrest.
Agliotti was a close friend of Selebi's from 2001 to 2006 before Agliotti opted to testify against him in return for indemnity from prosecution.
They argued that Agliotti, on whose evidence the state had based its case, was an unreliable witness who contradicted the charge sheet and, when pressed during cross-examination, admitted he never bribed Selebi.
In his initial testimony Afliotti said he gave Selebi more than R1million and took his family to expensive dinners and shopping sprees, but claimed he did not view the gesture as bribery.
"It is our argument that there was, in fact, an agreement as contemplated by the accused.," Nel said.
"The fact that Agliotti never viewed the agreement or reasons for paying the accused vast sums as corruption does not detract from this fact."
Selebi has pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.
Nel continues his argument today.