Thursday, October 29, 2009

Judge Joffe hits back

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 October 2009

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi regards the judge in his corruption trial as biased, rude and hostile. Selebi’s lawyers are explaining their application for Judge Meyer Joffe to recuse himself.

In papers before the South Gauteng High Court Selebi argues that Joffe had probably decided subconsciously even before the trial had started that he was guilty.

His lawyers also accuse Joffe of bending over backwards to accommodate the prosecution. Legal experts say it is highly unlikely that Joffe will withdraw from the corruption and defeating the ends of justice trial.

Selebi’s lawyers accused Joffe of being biased, rude and hostile. They also alleged that Joffe had unfairly favoured the prosecution.

This led the judge to ask why his actions had not been formally challenged at the time so that he could have dealt with their objections. Joffe is not expected to announce his decision today.

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