We had a tip-off from home affairs on O'Sullivan - Hawks

2016-04-03 19:00
Police officers outside Paul O'Sullivan's house in Johannesburg. (News24)

Police officers outside Paul O'Sullivan's house in Johannesburg. (News24)

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Pretoria – The Hawks told News24 on Sunday that they arrested forensic consultant Paul O'Sullivan following a tip-off from the department of home affairs.

O'Sullivan was arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport on Friday night, while he was with his family.

"We got a tip off from the department of home affairs that someone was using multiple passports and then a task team from Gauteng was dispatched to the airport and on arrival we caught him with three different passports," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told News24.

O'Sullivan is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's court on Monday on charges of contravention of the Immigration Act after three passports were allegedly found in his possession.

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

"It is common cause that our client has opened criminal dockets against many senior police officers, including the acting commissioner of police, the head of the Hawks and erstwhile divisional commissioner..."

The statement said that it was clear O'Sullivan was not fleeing the country and merely taking his daughters back to their school in London and he was expected to return on Thursday.

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