O'Sullivan in court bid to stop cops from accessing confiscated computers

2015-04-17 18:54
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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Johannesburg - Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan has gone to the South Gauteng High Court in a bid to stop the police from accessing computers, cellphones and documents confiscated during a raid at his home this week, the SAPS said on Friday.

The raid was conducted at his house in Sandown, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

O'Sullivan applied to the court to have the items seized returned to him and interdict the police from accessing the information downloaded from the electronic items seized, said SAPS spokesperson Solomon Makgale.

The matter was heard on Thursday.

"The court ruled that the seized items be returned to him, but that the copies of whatever was downloaded be handed over to the court registrar by 15:00 [on Thursday]," Makgale said in a statement.

The police had since complied.

"The court further ruled that Paul O'Sullivan has seven working days to contest the search and seizure warrant," said Makgale.

A national investigation unit raided O'Sullivan's home, following allegations of fraud and contravention of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.

O'Sullivan has been accused of circulating a fraudulent bank statement he says belonged to South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni.

The raid was an attempt to identify the creator of the bank statement, which the investigating team had confirmed was a forgery.

A police official told News24 that it was the first leg of the investigation.

He said O'Sullivan had apologised to Myeni, but despite this, he and two others were investigated and search-and-seizure warrants obtained.

Speaking to News24 shortly after the raid, O'Sullivan said he was not worried because he knew "they won't find anything in there".

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