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University student linked to global porn syndicate arrested

The 20-year-old Johannesburg student appeared in the court and was released on R5,000 bail.

Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - A special team of police investigators has made yet another arrest in connection with a global child pornography ring, this time a 20-year-old university student from Johannesburg.

Police arrested the man on Wednesday and he's already appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court where he was released on R5,000 bail.

The latest arrest brings to seven the number of South Africans arrested in the police's so-called Cloud 9 operation.

Police say the group distributed child pornography among users in South Africa, Belgium, Australia and the United States.

The latest child pornography suspect is a computer science student at a Johannesburg university, who was arrested at his home in Melville.

The police's Vish Naidoo says detectives traced the man following an arrest in Plettenburg Bay earlier this year.

"During an arrest and raid at his house police recovered a cellphone, laptop, a hard drive and several USBs which we believe contain approximately 1,000 images of child pornography."

Meanwhile, the bail application of a man facing similar charges continues in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Friday.

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