S.Africa appeals court backs ex-police chief's graft verdict

2nd December 2011, Comments 0 comments

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal upheld Friday the corruption conviction of former police chief and ex-Interpol president Jackie Selebi, who now faces a 15-year prison sentence.

"I am satisfied the state proved the guilt of the appellant," Judge Kenneth Mthiyane said in a verdict broadcast on national television.

Selebi was convicted last year of accepting cash and lavish gifts, including from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti, amounting to more than 1.2 million rand ($148,000 dollars, 110,000 euros) in bribes over a five-year period.

"On all the evidence contained in 66 volumes amounting to more than 600 pages that we had to wade through in his application for appeal, we are satisfied that the high court was correct in finding that the applicant did receive payment from Agliotti," Mthiyane said.

Selebi awaited the verdict at his home in Pretoria with his lawyers. He has to report to prison within 48 hours, but his lawyers may seek to lodge a final challenge to the Constitutional Court.

© 2011 AFP

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