British journalist appears in World Cup court

2010-06-30 10:11

British journalist Simon Wright appeared in Cape Town’s special

World Cup court today.

His lawyer, William Booth, told the magistrate that he had not yet

seen a formal charge sheet, but that he intended to make representations for the

withdrawal of charges against his client.

Magistrate Grant Engel postponed the case to July 7. He extended

Wright’s bail of R3 000.

Wright had surrendered his passport to police and, as part of his

bail conditions, had been ordered to avoid contact with employees of the city’s

Bay Hotel and to report daily to the Cape Town police station.

Police arrested Wright, who works for the Sunday Mirror, on Monday

in connection with what they said was a security breach in the England soccer

team’s dressing room.

They said he had been charged with defeating the ends of justice

and contravening the Immigration Act.

He was allegedly linked to the incident where Londoner Pavlos

Joseph entered the English team’s dressing room in Cape Town after a match on

June 18.

Joseph was released after paying a R750 admission-of-guilt


His advocate, Craig Webster, told the magistrate that Joseph’s

legal team had made representations to the Western Cape Director of Public


These representations had been successful in that the Director of

Public Prosecutions had agreed to allow him to pay an admission-of-guilt


Joseph had paid the R750 on Tuesday for a contravention of section

6, subsection 1, of the Fifa Act, being in a designated area without an

accreditation card for that area.

He asked that the “charges” against Joseph be withdrawn in his


The magistrate agreed. Joseph was not in court.

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