Selebi likely to spend night in hospital

2011-12-20 14:35
Johannesburg - Convicted former police chief Jackie Selebi is likely to spend another night in hospital, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Wynanda Coetzee declined to discuss his condition, but when asked if he would spend Tuesday night in hospital, she replied: "I think so."

She said she would probably be able to give an update on his condition on Wednesday afternoon.

The New Age newspaper earlier reported that Selebi was taken to the nephrology (kidney) ward of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Monday morning under armed guard.

The department of correctional services told the newspaper that Selebi was undergoing tests at the hospital.

"We can confirm that he is not well... I have seen him and he is not looking good," correctional services commissioner Tom Monyane said.

"He is currently undergoing diagnosis. He is in a serious condition but it is not life-threatening."

Selebi was booked into prison on December 5 to start a 15-year jail term.

He 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.

Selebi was president of Interpol at the time.

His appeal against the corruption conviction failed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on December 2.

Selebi watched the judgment on television at his home and collapsed when he heard the outcome, his lawyer said at the time.
- SAPA
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