Ex-Interpol and SA police head loses appeal

South Africa's former police commissioner has lost an appeal against a sentence for accepting drug-related bribes.

    Jackie Selebi, South Africa's former police chief and ex-head of Interpol, admitted to hospital after losing appeal [AFP]

    A top South African appeals court has rejected a former national police chief's appeal of his corruption conviction.

    Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesman for the prosecution, said Jackie Selebi, also a former Interpol president until he resigned in 2008, had 48 hours to report to prison officials following Friday's ruling.

    Selebi was convicted in July after months of testimony that he accepted money and gifts in exchange for meeting a drug smuggler's business associates and tipping him off to investigations.

    A judge later sentenced Selebi to 15 years in prison.

    Wynanda Coetzee, his attorney that was part of the team that represented him at the trial, told the local Times Live news organisation that Selebi was admitted to hospital after his appeal was dismissed on Friday.

    She said he collapsed and could not walk when he watched the judgment being handed down on television.

    Coetzee said they had not been able to consult with Selebi on whether he would appeal the judgment because of his turn in health.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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