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INTERPOL - Nazis and crooks?

Just to add a little bit of spice to the stew that’s brewing ...


Former INTERPOL President Jackie Selebi is currently on trial for corruption in South Africa. Selebi was president until 2008. His corruption charges stem from his connections with drug kingpin and smuggler Glenn Agliotti, but mostly center around accepting a R1.2 million ($163,000) bribe. He is also charged with “defeating the ends of justice” due to looking the other way after being bribed. Mr. Selebi’s apparent level of corruption ran the gamut, from big money schemes right down to wearing expensive designer clothing supplied to him by Agliotti. The trial has already cost South Africa R7 million (about $1 million US) and has no end in sight.

The drug trafficker and the police commissioner were once nattily attired pals, or so the allegations go. The two men would shop together here in the finest high-fashion boutiques, occasionally pausing for a cappuccino between expensive purchases of designer apparel.

The commissioner, Jackie Selebi, was partial to Canali ties, Hugo Boss knitwear, Etienne Aigner jackets and Louis Vuitton shoes, particularly the brown suede. And since smuggling is far more lucrative than policing, the drug dealer, Glenn Agliotti, would generously pick up the tab.

The trial itself is a mess, and has ground to a standstill, as at least 3 of the key witnesses against him seem to have disappeared without a trace.

Nothing is going according to plan with the prosecution for corruption of former police chief and former Interpol director Jackie Selebi. As he tries to exonerate himself, Selebi is uncovering a vast network of political and commercial sleaze which implicates some of the wealthiest business people and senior officials in the governing African National Congress. The latest problem for State Prosecutor Gerrit Nel is the disappearance of three star witnesses, including colourful Zimbabwean businessman Billy Rautenbach. All were due to testify that they had paid large bribes to Selebi to secure immunity from prosecution.

Major suspicions that others have been pressured.Other court motions have been made to attempt to keep witnesses - secret agents and other intelligence officers - out of the court room.

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi’s corruption case ground to a halt on Tuesday when the state security ministry took further legal action to prevent an ex-intelligence official from testifying.

Judge Meyer Joffe adjourned court until February 1 next year after the ministry’s lawyer, Marumo Moerane said they would petition the Supreme Court of Appeal in a bid to prevent ex-intelligence official Barry Gilder from taking the stand.



Sound like a right mess. And this guy was the head of INTERPOL until just last year ... openly hanging out at the shopping mall with one of the biggest criminals in South Africa. In. Your. Face!!


Let’s not forget that INTERPOL’s main goals are fighting international drug dealing and terrorism. Where they had a less than 1% conviction rate in the mid 1970s. Are they any better now? Are they still funneling US secrets to the communists like they did during the Cold War? No, but only because communists are hard to find outside of Washington DC these days.


But at least they’ve come clean, somewhat, about their dirty past. You know, the one where they were run by Nazis. Not just all through WWII, but right up until 1978. As far as anyone can tell. (oh wait, they actually didn’t come clean about that 70s part) Which sort of explains their major FAIL when it came to helping catch Nazi war criminals in the 50s and 60s. Funny, they just couldn’t find any. But their files were just chock full of data on Jews who had been internationally naughty.

(1990 article): But now, installed in a new $20 million headquarters in this city, Interpol appears at last to have resolved its identity crisis, not only admitting its past mistakes but also defining a clear role for itself in a world in which crime is increasingly international.

‘’We can now afford to show what we really are,’’ said Raymond E. Kendall, the blunt Englishman from Scotland Yard who has served as Interpol’s Secretary General since 1985. ‘’I don’t think we should destroy all our mystique, but we’re now doing serious things. I would not have said this a year ago.’’

Anxious to be seen as forward-looking, Interpol has first had to do some explaining about its past, not least the fact that it was moved from Vienna to Berlin after Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938. ‘’The organization has not been clear enough in admitting that it was under Nazi control during the war,’’ Mr. Kendall said.

He added that Interpol was also wrong in not joining the search for war criminals since the United Nations Convention on Genocide gave it a legal basis for doing so.

(1990 rebuttal): The right-wing bias continued after the war. In 1963, Jean Nepote was elected Interpol’s [Secretary General] president (sic). He had collaborated with France’s collaborationist Vichy Government during the war. In 1968, Interpol elected Paul Dickopf as its president. Although it was discovered that he had been an SS officer in the war, having worked in the very villa where Interpol and the Gestapo were headquartered, he nevertheless remained president until 1972. [Collaborator Nepote remained Sec-Gen until 1978]

So ... run by Nazis, or extremely influenced by them, for nearly 40 years. Not just a stick in the mud, but a veritable trip wire when it came to hunting down war criminals. Cleaned up their act - or at least computerized things - in the 1990s. And managed to fly the straight and narrow so well that by 2008 their very president was totally in bed with a drug lord. Doesn’t sound like they’ve exactly become choir boys, does it?

Yeah, I am just so HAPPY that Obama has given this crew a complete exemption from American law.

Form your own opinions. After looking into INTERPOL, my opinion is about as low as it can be. I wonder what their involvement in enabling terrorism is, or what their part was in the Oil-for-Food scandal? Nazis then, commie agents in between, drug dealers now. Remeber the INTERPOL guys arrested in the drug stings in Mexico? System wide corruption, on par with the UN and the US Senate? Could be. It looks to me like there is a lot more than one bad apple in this whole bunch. Baby.

Um, I’ll pass, thanks. Another bunch of thugs? We already have our fill. Out you go.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/30/2009 at 04:04 PM   
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