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Paul O'Sullivan's legal team concerned about his safety

Legal representative Sarah-Jayne Trent said he was arrested in front of his children.

Forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Private investigator Paul O'Sullivan's legal team, as well as the Democratic Alliance (DA), say they are concerned about his safety in a holding cell at the Pretoria Central Police Station.

They say they also suspect foul play in his arrest.

Yesterday, O'Sullivan's lawyers confirmed he had been arrested by the Hawks at the OR Tambo International Airport for contravening the Immigration Act.

The Hawks have not confirmed this, saying they can only divulge information once an accused has appeared in court.

Legal representative Sarah-Jayne Trent said he was arrested in front of his children and driven in a blue light convoy to the police station.

"It's clear that our client is not fleeing the country as it has been alleged by certain journalists. Our client is mere taking his children back to school and was due to return to South African next Thursday."

The DA's Kate Lorimer said it's strange that the Hawks would be involved in issues around passport control.

"Why are the Hawks getting involved in immigration issues? It's seems very strange. It's also strange because Paul O'Sullivan has laid charges against Bernie Ntlemeza, the head of the Hawks. There's a possibility of foul play, so to speak."

O'Sullivan is in custody at the Pretoria Central Police station and his legal team says he is likely to appear in court for his bail hearing tomorrow.