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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Police arrest Gerrie Nel - Selebi's investigator

Gerrie Nel, regional head of the Directorate of Special Operations or the Scorpions, was arrested by about 20 armed policemen in front of his wife and children at about 9pm last night.

Nel led the investigation into the shooting of mining magnate Brett Kebble and the probe into alleged criminal activities by national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

The National Prosecuting Authority to whom the Scorpions report has already made a decision as to whether to charge Selebi, but has been ordered by President Mbeki to first consult with the Justice Minister before they make the decision public.

President Mbeki is believed to be close to Commissioner Selebi.

Nel has been arrested on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

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1 comment:

Mike said...

Update: Wessel, I'm not seeing anything online yet but SABC Radio News reported this morning that the charges against Nel was thrown out by the chief magistrate of Pretoria (if I followed the story correctly). If this is correct it just supports the notion that the arrest was nothing more than an attempt on Selebi's side to disrupt the Scorpions just before he tried, in vain, to stop their prosecution against him via a high court interdict. That in itself should be cause enough to fire Selebi, misusing state resources so openly to serve your own corrupt interests is shocking.