6 files 'missing'

ON THE MARCH: The eighth state witness Aubrey Morris Shlugman (in striped tie) arrives at court to give evidence in the corruption case of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi yesterday. Pic: BAFANA MAHLANGU. 12/11/2009. © Sowetan.
ON THE MARCH: The eighth state witness Aubrey Morris Shlugman (in striped tie) arrives at court to give evidence in the corruption case of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi yesterday. Pic: BAFANA MAHLANGU. 12/11/2009. © Sowetan.

A SERIES of six crime intelligence files in which convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti features are missing, a witness told the high court in Johannesburg in the corruption trial of former police chief Jackie Selebi yesterday.

A SERIES of six crime intelligence files in which convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti features are missing, a witness told the high court in Johannesburg in the corruption trial of former police chief Jackie Selebi yesterday.

Senior crime intelligence official Mark Henkel said files from "Operation Chaser" - which contained reports on Agliotti - had gone missing and were never recovered.

He said the files were booked out of his office by a Captain Tema on April 21 2006. The court heard that when Henkel tried to locate the files in February or March this year, he could not find them.

Henkel called Tema - and the commander he worked under - and asked them to account for the files.

"They were at a loss for words. I told them to look for the files. They are my files."

Henkel said eventually "scraps of paper" were returned to him. "Up to today they have not returned those files. I have no idea where those files are."

Even a search "high and low" in his division's files had rendered no results.

At one stage, he considered launching a counter-intelligence investigation into the matter, but did not proceed with this idea.

One of the documents in the file was a 2004 letter from the United Kingdom customs office asking for information about Agliotti, described as "a well-known drug trafficker in the UK".

In 2006 Agliotti was arrested in a drug bust in Alberton. He was convicted on drug-trafficking charges and reached an agreement with the state to testify in the Selebi matter.

Agliotti testified previously that in July 2006 Selebi showed him a report from the UK customs office.

"He (Selebi) wanted to make me aware of the fact that the authorities in the UK were monitoring my movements and he told me so.

"I said to him that I had nothing to worry about. It didn't concern me.

"He (Selebi) just said that I was being monitored by the authorities ... in the UK and I asked him for a copy of the document and he said that I could not have a copy of the document," Agliotti testified.

Defence lawyer Jaap Cilliers told the court: "The accused denies that he ever had access to these UK reports." - Sapa

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