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Disgraced ex-INTERPOL, SA police chief, Selebi, dies

By BBC   |   23 January 2015   |   1:26 pm  

SOUTH Africa’s disgraced former police chief Jackie Selebi has died. He was aged 64.

Selebi was convicted of corruption in 2010, and sentenced to 15 years in jail, but was paroled on medical grounds less than a year after beginning his sentence.

He was said to have had a stroke, and suffered kidney problems and diabetes.

The ex-INTERPOL boss had been in an induced come for “about two-and-a-half weeks” and died overnight, his friend, Schabir Shaik, told Eyewitness News.

His death was confirmed by his lawyer and officials from the ruling African National Congress and correctional facilities.

Selebi was convicted of taking bribes from drug smuggler Glenn Agliotti, but was paroled only 229 days after beginning his jail term in 2011 – triggering complaints that he had been given preferential treatment due to his political connections.



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