Selebi to be released

Former top cop Jackie Selebi will on Friday be released on medical parole.

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi is seen in the back of an ambulance transporting him to hospital after he collapsed at his Waterkloof home upon hearing that the appeal of his corruption conviction failed, Friday, 2 December 2011. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Former police chief Jackie Selebi is being released on medical parole today.

Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele made the announcement at a media briefing Friday morning.

"Two offenders were respectively released on 9 and 12 July 2012. Mr Jackie Selebi will be released today and another offender is expected to be released next week," said the minister.

"He suffers from end stage renal disease. He is receiving dialysis three times a day. He more than qualifies for medical parole."

Selebi has served less than a year of his 15-year sentence for corruption.

He has been admitted to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria several times since he first handed himself over to correctional services officials in December.

He was discharged from hospital in mid-February, but was urgently readmitted as a result of complications.

Earlier this year, a group calling itself the 'Friends of Jackie Selebi' applied for the former police chief to be released on medical parole, which was dismissed.

Selebi had served as president of Interpol.

In January 2008, he was put on extended leave as national police commissioner.

He then resigned as president of Interpol after he was charged with corruption.

Bheki Cele replaced him as the National Police Commissioner in 2009.

The Supreme Court of Appeal then overturned his appeal against his sentence in 2011, after the court unanimously ruled against him.

Selebi watched the judgment on television at his home on 2 December and collapsed after hearing the outcome.