'Incoherent' Selebi in prison hospital

2011-12-05 19:13

Johannesburg - Former police chief and ex-president of Interpol Jackie Selebi on Monday left hospital to begin his 15-year jail sentence for corruption, the national prosecuting authority (NPA) confirmed.

"I have been told that Selebi reported to Pretoria Central Prison accompanied by his lawyers and the investigating offer," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told to AFP.

Selebi arrived in prison in an ambulance.

"He is in prison hospital at the Pretoria Central Prison," said correctional services spokesperson Sibongile Khumalo.

Selebi who was reportedly incoherent and disoriented on arrival, is being held in the prison's infirmary, accompanied by his wife.

His lawyers had earlier tried in vain to obtain a court order to delay the start of his jail time, citing his poor health.

The disgraced former police boss collapsed on Friday upon hearing news that he had lost his appeal against his corruption conviction.

The former top cop was convicted last year of accepting cash and gifts, including from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, amounting to up to R1.2m in bribes over a five-year period.

All five appeals judges upheld evidence that annotations in Agliotti's chequebook referred to Selebi, and that the ex-police commissioner had shown his ally a secret British document on investigations into Agliotti's alleged drug-trafficking activities.

The ex-chief had to report to prison on Sunday morning, but his lawyers secured a temporary reprieve.

He was suffering from a long-standing medical condition, his lawyer Wynanda Coetzee told Sapa.

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