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Monday 20 January 2020

Ex-police chief accepted bribes from drug baron

Aislinn Laing in Johannesburg

A FORMER South African police and Interpol chief has been found guilty of accepting cash and Harrods designer clothes from a convicted drug baron after a nine-month trial.

Jackie Selebi, who made his name as an anti-apartheid activist and was a close ally of former president Thabo Mbeki, accepted R1.2m (€125,000) for turning a blind eye and providing inside information.

Known for his love of designer clothes, Selebi also accepted shoes from Harrods and Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss clothes and Gucci handbags for both his wife and his mistress.

Selebi (60) fiercely denied the corruption charges at Johannesburg's High Court, saying they were part of a political conspiracy that reached to the top of government.

But he was brought down by the evidence of Glenn Agliotti, a drug trafficker who is due to stand trial for the murder of a local mining magnate.

He said Selebi had given him classified police intelligence, including the information that British authorities were investigating him.

Selebi remains on bail and will be sentenced on July 14. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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