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Pastor accused of human trafficking Timothy Omotoso loses bail bid again

Televangelist Timothy Omotoso’s bail bid was set aside in the Port Elizabeth high court on Thursday.

FILE: Nigerian televangelist Timothy Omotoso. Picture: timomotoso.org

CAPE TOWN - A Durban-based pastor at the centre of a sex trafficking case has been denied bail yet again.

Televangelist Timothy Omotoso’s bail bid was set aside in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday.

The 58-year-old was arrested at Port Elizabeth International Airport in April.

Omotoso is facing numerous charges of human trafficking, as well as charges of rape and sexual assault.

He is accused of having trafficked young girls and women from various branches of his church across South Africa.

In his ruling on Thursday, the judge found that the accused hasn't presented exceptional circumstances that warrant his release.

The court also ruled it won't be in the interest of justice to grant bail.

Omotoso will make another court appearance on Tuesday, along with two women, who were arrested recently for allegedly recruiting girls to be trafficked.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)