Judge grants state leave to fix crucial typing error

JUDGE Meyer Joffe granted an application by the state in the graft case of former top cop Jackie Selebi in the Johannesburg high court yesterday to fix a crucial typing error.

JUDGE Meyer Joffe granted an application by the state in the graft case of former top cop Jackie Selebi in the Johannesburg high court yesterday to fix a crucial typing error.

"I'm going to grant the amendment," the judge said.

This was in response to an application by state prosecutor Gerrie Nel to change the dates on the charge sheet after admitting to a crucial typing error.

"I am embarrassed ... there was a typing error ... and it was repeated," said Nel. "Why it was missed my Lord ... I don't know. I read it a 100 times, and I missed it."

The time period in which Selebi allegedly committed crimes should be from 2000 to 2006, and not 2000 to 2005, said Nel.

It was accordingly changed after the judge granted the state its application. Convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti took the witness stand at about 11.45am to continue with his testimony. - Sapa

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