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Timothy Omotoso denied bail

Omotoso has been in custody for over a month following his arrest by the Hawks on 22 charges relating to sexual offences and rape.

Nigerian televangelist Timothy Omotoso. Picture: timomotoso.org

CAPE TOWN - Rape accused pastor Timothy Omotoso has been denied bail in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

Omotoso has been in custody for over a month following his arrest by the Hawks on 22 charges relating to sexual offences and rape.

The Durban-based televangelist is alleged to have recruited and groomed young girls at his church for sex.

The court previously heard from Home Affairs that Omotoso was in the country illegally because one of the Nigerian's visas was apparently fraudulently obtained.

Hawks spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says the fake documents were a matter of concern.

“All six of his passports were fraudulent. If a person is in possession of travel documents and they're given bail [while] facing schedule six offences, of course, they'll try to evade trial. We are happy the court saw that and did not give him bail.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)