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Agliotti questions timing of new Selebi claims

It’s being reported that Agliotti’s friendship with Selebi was part of a sanctioned intelligence project.

Late former police chief and ex-president of Interpol Jackie Selebi: Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Glenn Agliotti has questioned the timing of new claims made about the case against former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

He insists that his relationship with the late police chief was not an intelligence project as suggested by Selebi's allies.

The former national police commissioner died more than a week ago. He was said to be suffering from end-stage kidney disease brought on by diabetes.

Video: Jackie Selebi remembered.

He was laid to rest at the weekend.

In 2012 Selebi was convicted of corruption and sentenced to prison but was later released on medical parole due to kidney related disease.

Agliotti says claims against him that his friendship with Selebi was part of a sanctioned intelligence project are not true.

He also says the timing of these suggestions is a joke.

Agliotti wants to know why the revelations were never made during the late police chief's trial and suggests it's absurd to raise them now.

Former Crime Intelligence head Mulangi Mphego says his evidence was supressed by the National Prosecuting Authority and he was neutralised at the time.

Meanwhile, independent investigator Paul O'Sullivan, who first made public claims against Selebi, says these new versions of what happened are untrue.

He says former president Thabo Mbeki is being untruthful.

"He's talking rubbish because the time was right in 2007 when the country wanted to know why he suspended Vusi Pikoli. Mbeki needs to come clean and we're fed up of hearing him saying he'll tell us when he feels like it."