AS IT HAPPENED: Judge Legodi orders that O'Sullivan be released

2017-02-13 22:00

Judge Legodi has ordered that Paul O'Sullivan be released after an urgent court application was brought forward by his legal team.


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14 Feb 00:07

Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan was released from custody by order of the High Court in Pretoria late on Monday night.

Judge Francis Legodi ordered that the matter be struck off the roll.

He reserved judgment on who would pay costs.

O’Sullivan was arrested outside Afriforum’s offices in Pretoria earlier, and taken to the Kameeldrift police station, where he was charged with offences including fraud, intimidation, and extortion.

His lawyers then went to the high court to seek an urgent order for police to release him, and to comply with an earlier order that, should they want to detain him, he be given 48 hours to present himself to a police station.

Legodi rejected prosecutor David Mtsweni’s request to amend the order to state that police could arrest O’Sullivan.

Quintus Pelser, for O’Sullivan, said police were in contempt of the order by arresting his client.

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Pelser says police have agreed to release him at 23:30.

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Court is back in session.

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Khomotso Phahlane says he will not speak about the arrest of Paul O'Sullivan and Sarah Jane Trent or dignify them in an interview with Justice Malala.

"We are not going to talk about anything operational, that matter will be heard in court," Phahlane said.

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