A South African court has sentenced former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi to 15 years in jail for corruption. Selebi, a former president of Interpol, was convicted in July of receiving bribes from a drug dealer. Convicted dealer Glenn Agliotti paid Selebi 1.2m rand ($156,000; £103,000) to turn a blind eye to his business. Selebi is the most senior official appointed by the country's government to have been convicted of corruption. Related stories Selebi case like a crime novel SA's controversial ex-police chief The 60-year-old was well connected in the ruling African National Congress government. He was also a former president of the ANC Youth League, served as South Africa's representative at the UN and was a close ally of former President Thabo Mbeki. 'No fallen angel' "The fall that the accused already had must have been one of the greatest falls known in our legal history," Selebi's defence lawyer Jaap Cilliers told a court hearing on Monday, as a judge considered Selebi's sentence. Selebi's defence team had asked the judge to consider a suspended jail term and a fine. He has already forfeited 320,722 rand ($43,800, £27,500) as the proceeds of crime. But prosecutors said Selebi had shown no remorse for his actions. "We don't have a fallen angel here. A fallen angel admits when they make a mistake," said prosecutor Gerrie Nel. During the trial the court heard how Selebi had spent thousands of dollars on shopping sprees with the money he was given by Agliotti. Agliotti, who gave evidence against Selebi in return for immunity on bribery charges, is himself on trial for murdering a mining tycoon. Angalia wenzetu wanavyoheshimu kauli zao. Nimeiona hii habari BBC online.