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Parole for former South African top cop stirs outcry

Thursday, July 26, 2012    

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — The medical parole of a convicted former South African police chief is stirring a public outcry over alleged favouritism by the country's governing party in which he has held senior positions.

The country's main opposition party yesterday urged the government to reveal who approved the parole and how the decision was made.

Jackie Selebi has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on corruption charges. He was granted parole on health grounds Friday.

The decision was widely criticised by local media.

An editorial of newspaper Times Live read it appears that Selebi "has largely escaped punishment for his crimes," raising suspicion that the governing party "once again circumvented the rules to accommodate a comrade."

Officials say the 62-year-old Selebi is suffering from kidney failure, diabetes and suspected cancer.

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