Gauteng Hawks boss in court for O'Sullivan's hearing

2016-04-04 15:19

Johannesburg - In an unusual turn of events, Gauteng Hawks head Prince Mokotedi was present during Paul O'Sullivan's bail proceedings in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday.

According to well-placed sources, Mokotedi had been in closed meetings with State prosecutors and the Hawks to discuss the case against O'Sullivan.

When asked by reporters why he was present during an immigration court case, Mokotedi declined to comment.

O'Sullivan was granted R20 000 bail with set conditions. He was expected back in court on May 6.

The forensic investigator was instructed to report to the Sandton police station daily. He was also instructed to surrender his passports to the investigating officer, not to apply for any travel documents, not to leave Gauteng and not to go within a 5km radius of any international airport.

‎O'Sullivan was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday night for contravening the Immigration Act after he was found in possession of three passports. He was with his ‎family.

The Hawks said they had received a tip-off from the Department of Home Affairs that someone was using multiple passports.

A task team from Gauteng was dispatched to the airport and, on arrival, O'Sullivan was found in possession of the different passports and arrested.

A statement issued by O'Sullivan's lawyers on Saturday said he was not trying to flee the country as had been speculated.

O'Sullivan was merely taking his daughters back to their school in London and he was expected to return on Thursday, the lawyers said in a statement.

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