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Former Interpol Chief convicted for corruption

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On 3 August 2010, Jackie Selebi was handed down a 15-year sentence by a Johannesburg Court on charges of corruption.

Evidence was provided that the defendant had received huge bribes from a mafia chief and had fabricated false evidence.

His lawyer immediately lodged an appeal hoping for a suspended sentence. The defendant was released on bail and walked out laughing.

Meanwhile, the police unit involved in the investigation was dissolved.

Mr. Selebi was a top member of the ANC leadership, the Ambassador of South Africa to the United Nations (2000-09), Interpol President (2004-08), Chair of the Anti-Landmine Conference and Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Jackie Selebi inflates the list of bandits who served as Interpol presidents. The names include Austrian SS Otto Steinhäusl (1938-40), and perpetrators of crimes against humanity Reinhard Heydrich (1940-42) and Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1943-45).

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