S.Africa's suspended intelligence boss appears in court

22nd September 2011, Comments 0 comments

South Africa's suspended crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli appeared in court on charges of fraud and corruption after handing himself over to police, a spokesman said Thursday.

"Richard Mdluli came to our offices in the company of his lawyer and he later appeared in court on charges of fraud and corruption," said McIntosh Polela, the spokesman of the Hawks, the elite investigations unit.

He appeared in court late Wednesday but Polela would not provide further details on the fraud case, adding only that Mdluli was released on a warning and due back in court on December 14.

Mdluli was suspended from the police in March after being arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and perjury.

The charges were linked to the 1999 killing of a colleague in a love triangle case when Mdluli was head of detectives at a police station east of Johannesburg.

In 2010, former police head and Interpol president Jackie Selebi was sentenced to 15 years in jail for corruption.

© 2011 AFP

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