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SA police chief appears in court
Jackie Selebi - 2005 file photo
Jackie Selebi has resigned as Interpol head
South Africa's suspended police commissioner Jackie Selebi has appeared in court on corruption allegations.

The prosecutor read him the provisional charges: corruption, accepting bribes worth 1.2m rand ($160,000, 80,000) and defeating the course of justice.

Mr Selebi was not required to plead but he has previously denied the charges.

The magistrate agreed to postpone the case until June 26 to give prosecutors more time to complete investigations and lay formal charges.

Mr Selebi is a close ally of President Thabo Mbeki, who has been accused of trying to protect him.

I maintain I am innocent of the alleged offences and will plead not guilty to the charges
Jackie Selebi

A spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) told the BBC that Mr Selebi had not been formally charged, despite the court appearance.

The BBC's Peter Greste says Mr Selebi arrived at the Randburg magistrates court wearing a grey suit and in an unmarked car, stripped of the trappings that go with his title.

As he walked in he waved and smiled to the media before taking his seat for the accused inside the court.

In an affidavit requesting bail, he promised not to interfere with witnesses or evidence.

"I maintain I am innocent of the alleged offences and will plead not guilty to the charges," he said in the affidavit.

The commissioner was placed on leave and forced to resign as head of Interpol after the NPA said he would be charged last month.

At the heart of the allegations is Mr Selebi's relationship with convicted drug smuggler, Glen Agliotti, who is also being charged with the murder of a prominent mining magnate.

The NPA has alleged that Glen Agliotti paid bribes and gifts to the police commissioner in exchange for turning a blind eye to drugs trafficking.

Last year, Mr Mbeki suspended NPA chief prosecutor Vusi Pikoli after he issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr Selebi, a senior member of the ruling African National Congress.

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