Tuesday, October 6, 2009

South Africa gangster 'paid for Interpol president's campaign dinner'
A dinner hosted by Jackie Selebi, the former president of Interpol, in which he lobbied for the prestigeous job was paid for by one of South Africa's most notorious underworld figures, a court has heard.

Mr Selebi, South Africa's former national police commissioner and a close ally of ex-president Thabo Mbeki, sat impassively in the dock in a Johannesburg court as Glenn Agliotti, a convicted drug smuggler who is facing murder charges in a related case, gave evidence against him.

Agliotti said that he frequently gave Mr Selebi envelopes filled with cash at meetings in a company boardroom, estimating his total cash gifts at around 1 million rand (£80,000).

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