EX-INTERPOL BOSS’ TRIAL PUT ON HOLD


The trial of suspended police chief and ex-Interpol head Jackie Selebi has been postponed by a South African court until May.

He is accused of accepting bribes worth 1.2m rand ($133,000, £90,000).

He has previously denied the charges and says there has been a conspiracy to remove him from his job.

He was a close ally of Thabo Mbeki, who stood down as president last year after a bitter dispute with Jacob Zuma, leader of the governing ANC.

Leaving the court, Mr Selebi said he was “very very” disappointed by the delay, the South African Press Association reported.

A corruption case against Mr Zuma, who is expected to become president after elections this month, collapsed last week.

The National Prosecution Authority said phone-tap evidence suggested political interference in the investigation against him.

Earlier last year, Mr Selebi was placed on leave and forced to resign as head of Interpol after authorities announced that he would be charged.

SOURCED FROM REUTERS

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