Paul O'Sullivan expected to apply for bail today

The investigator was arrested on Friday at OR Tambo Airport and taken to Pretoria Central Police Station.

FILE: Paul O’Sullivan. Picture: Tara Penny/EWN.

PRETORIA - Private investigator Paul O'Sullivan is expected to apply for bail for bail this morning after being arrested on Friday on immigration-related charges.

A team of 15 police Hawks officers removed O'Sullivan from an aircraft at OR Tambo International Airport before transporting him to Pretoria Central Police Station.

The investigator was instrumental in the case against disgraced former Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and played a role in the case against Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

While O'Sullivan was arrested for contravening sections of the Citizens Act, it's unclear whether he will be facing more charges.

His legal team says O'Sullivan is being held on on trumped-up charges.

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 merely taking his children back to school and was due to return to South African next Thursday."

The Democratic Alliance'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 Berning Ntlemeza, the head of the Hawks. There's a possibility of foul play, so to speak."

It's further alleged that some of the officers that were part of the arrest team on Friday were also involved in the unlawful raid on their offices last year.

In February, O'Sullivan opened a case of corruption against acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.