Former South African police chief loses appeal

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Posted: Dec 02, 2011 8:47 AM
Former South African police chief loses appeal

A top South African appeals court has rejected a former national police chief's appeal of his corruption conviction.

Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesman for the prosecution, says Jackie Selebi has 48 hours to report to prison officials following Friday's ruling.

Selebi was convicted in July after a nation beset by violent crime heard months of testimony that he accepted money and gifts in exchange for meeting a drug smuggler's business associates and tipping him off to investigations. A judge later sentenced Selebi, who also is a former Interpol president, to 15 years in prison.