'You dirty cops know where to find me' – O'Sullivan's e-mail

2016-04-04 13:30
Paul O'Sullivan. (File, Netwerk24)

Paul O'Sullivan. (File, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan, who was arrested at the weekend, sent an e-mail to police two weeks ago baiting them into arresting him, reports claim.

O'Sullivan was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday night while he was with his family, for allegedly contravening the Immigration Act, News24 reported.

The plot has thickened since then however.

Both the Daily Maverick and The Star reported that the arrest came on the back of an e-mail O’Sullivan had sent top police officials threatening to expose the so-called “Zupta” faction allegedly influencing the country.

The Daily Maverick said O'Sullivan's e-mail challenged the Hawks, saying, "Stop me if you can!", and claims the Hawks "took the bait" by arresting him on Friday.

In another e-mail in which The Star was copied, O’Sullivan allegedly said an amount of R20m has been pledged to be used to stop the “Zupta crooks in their tracks”, which he said included the “infiltrated and criminalised” SAA, NPA, Hawks and Saps.

The screenshot below is from a tweet from Daily Maverick’s assistant editor showing the e-mail.

Click on the tweet to enlarge the text.

O’Sullivan claimed his arrest was planned. He said the Hawks waited for the exact moment on Friday to arrest him, in front of his children, so that he would spend the weekend in jail.

Eyewitness News meanwhile reported on Monday that the Hawks and the NPA were in talks ahead of O'Sullivan's bail hearing at the Kempton Park Magistrate's court.

He was granted R20 000 bail on Monday morning, News24 reported.

The Sunday Times reported that O’Sullivan had been moved from Pretoria Central police station over fears around his safety.

Read more: O’Sullivan was on his way to ‘expose Zuptas to the world’ - report

Read more on:    hawks  |  paul o'sullivan  |  gupta family  |  johannesburg

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