Selebi meets investigating officer at jail

2011-12-05 15:42

Former police chief Jackie Selebi and his lawyers were on their way to the Pretoria Central Prison this afternoon, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said investigating officer Andrew Leask would meet Selebi and his team at the prison.

Leask was in possession of a committal warrant to make sure Selebi began his jail sentence.

Justice spokesperson Tlali Tlali confirmed that Selebi was en route to Pretoria Central Prison to meet Leask there.No further details were available.

Earlier today, the justice department said it would be up to the former top cop’s doctor to decide whether he may be moved from hospital.

“A determination will be made at the time of executing the warrant as to whether he will in fact be moved to a correctional facility or be kept where he is [for] the moment,” said Tlali.

Selebi’s appeal against his corruption conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, which means he has to serve his sentence of 15 years.

Selebi watched the judgment on television at his home and collapsed when he heard the outcome, his attorney Wynanda Coetzee said at the time.

He was taken to hospital in Pretoria and was supposed to have started serving his sentence yesterday.

Coetzee met the Registrar of the High Court in Johannesburg today.

There was no court appearance by the lawyers, and the time at which the former top cop had to report for sentence was not extended.

Tlali said: “If he is to remain where he is ... his doctor will have to indicate in writing that, based on his medical condition, he cannot be transported to prison and for how much longer he would have to remain at the current facility.”

This would then have to be conveyed to the department of correctional services.

The manager of the Jakaranda Hospital said the hospital could not say anything about any patient.Coetzee said a medical report indicated that Selebi’s episode on Friday was as a result of a long-standing condition.

She would not say what this was.Selebi was found guilty of corruption for accepting money from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti and for giving Agliotti benefits such as showing him a British drug investigation report.

The NPA said Selebi’s lawyers had approached it on Saturday to say he might not be able to present himself to correctional services on Sunday.

They were told to approach the court registrar.

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