Jackie Selebi Dies

Jackie Selebi (March 7, 1950 – January 23, 2015) has died from kidney failure in a Pretoria Hospital, this is according to various media reports. He was the former national commissioner of the South African Police Service, former┬ápresident of Interpol and had been the President of African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) from 1987 to 1991. Google+

Jackie SelebiHe was born Jacob Sello Selebi on March 7, 1950 in Johannesburg and died on January 23, 2015 in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Jackie Selebi famously fell from glory after he was charged with corruption, fraud, racketeering and defeating the ends of justice.

This led to his “extended leave of absence” imposed on him by them South African President Thabo Mbeki; he later resigned from his position as president of the Interpol claiming that he did so in order to fight those charges.

His trial began in April 2010, nearly two years after the charges were first brought against him.

The infamous trial revealed the details of Jackie Selebi’s friendship with drug lord Glenn Agliotti, who was accused of murdering Brett Kebble.

Just four months after the trial began, in July of the same year, Jackie Selebi was found guilty of corruption but not guilty of further charges of defeating the ends of justice. He was later sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment.

After a failed bid to have his conviction and sentence overturned, Jackie Selebi began serving his 15 year sentence on December 3, 2011.

In July 2012, after serving 229 days of his 15 year prison term, Jackie Selebi was released on medical parole.

Among other controversies, Jackie Selebi came under harsh criticism for suggesting that prostitution and public drinking be legalized for the duration of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

On Friday January 23, 2015 the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed to the media that Jackie Selebi has died. He is survived by his wife, Anne Selebi, and two children.

 

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