O’Sullivan’s lawyer claims arrest was a ploy to deter alleged Zuma exposé
Paul O’Sullivan was scheduled to hold a press briefing in the UK to reveal alleged corruption.
JOHANNESBURG - Paul O'Sullivan's defence team has accused police of using the private investigator's travel movements as an excuse to interrogate him about cases he's working on, and to deter him from exposing alleged corruption by President Jacob Zuma.
O'Sullivan was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport, shortly after boarding a plane to the United Kingdom with his family.
He was found in possession of three different passports.
The private investigator has been listening attentively from the dock, poking his legal team from behind and whispering questions to them.
When he was arrested in April, O'Sullivan was scheduled to fly to London, where he was expected to hold a press briefing to reveal alleged corruption by president Zuma, the controversial Gupta family and senior police officials.
His lawyer, Advocate Barry Roux, says he believes this is the real reason his client was taken off the plane.
Roux says police, along with government officials, didn't want O'Sullivan to expose them and therefore used his exit on an Irish passport to arrest him.