South Africa

Former Interpol chief jailed for corruption


A South African judge on Tuesday jailed the ex-president of Interpol, Jackie Selebi, who is also the country’s former police chief, for 15 years for accepting bribes from organised crime.


Judge Meyer Joffe told Selebi he had repeatedly lied to cover his tracks and that his conduct in court had been an "embarrassment."

“I am satisfied that a sentence of 15 years in prison is appropriate in the present matter," he said. "Mr Selebi, you were an embarrassment in the witness box.”

Joffe said that Selebi had “lied and fabricated evidence in an effort to escape the
consequences of his conduct”.

The sentence was what prosecutor Gerrie Nel called for at the end of the trial last month, although the maximum possible sentence was life in prison.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption for having accepted money and presents from businessman Glen Agliotti, who was found guilty of drug trafficking in 2007 and is now on trial for murder.

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