The resignation of Interpol president Jackie Selebi comes after his suspension on Saturday as the national police commissioner of South Africa. Friday, prosecutors said that Selebi would be charged with corruption. But, they did not say when that would happen.
Selebi is alleged to have received $170,000 from a convicted criminal. However, Selebi denies the allegations of corruption.
He said that in the best interests of Interpol and that of the global law enforcement community, he would step down according to his resignation letter.
The secretary general of the France-based international police agency Ronald K Noble praised Selebi on his work with the organization. He adds that the corruption allegations against Selebi had nothing to do with position of president.
He did say that corruption charges is one of the most serious offences a police official could be accused of.
Selebi does have close ties to South African President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki has resisted calls for Selebi to be fired from his position as police commissioner.
It is unclear if Selebi will be charged.