— In Global Witness Case
The Government of Liberia has unwittingly recruited Paul O’Sullivan, who is alleged to be a notorious fraudster, whose dubious criminal actions and activities in South Africa prompted his arrest and charge on a number of occasions for multiple felonious offenses, is expected to serve as a witness in the ongoing Global witness case against Sable Mining Africa Limited.
Sources said that O’ Sullivan was recently recruited as a witness and brought into the country ‘secretly’ to testify on behalf of the Government of Liberia in the ongoing Global Witness case against Sable Mining Africa Limited, which involves the company’s top official, Andrew Groves, and number former high-profiled Liberian government officials.
Sources have hinted this paper that O’Sullivan was brought into the country based on claims that he possesses a lot of damaging emails and other pertinent information against a number of Liberian government officials that are involved in the Global witness case.
South African media has reported that O’ Sullivan has been arrested and charged on multiple felonious offenses and his dubious activities have dominate the pages of the South African media and Police Services as a ‘high-profiled con artist, blackmailer and extortionist’, and has been arrested and taken to court on a number of occasions for multiple number of felonious offenses.
According to a police report published on the South African Government website,www.gov.za, and highlighted by www.news24,com, O’Sullivan is well known and has a ‘decorated criminal records’ in the files of the South African Police as a ‘customer’ and a well celebrated fraudster who on countless occasions has been arrested and charged for multiple felonious offenses, including but not limited to bribery, economic sabotage, money laundering, and criminal facilitation and solicitation. He is facing dozens of criminal charges, ranging from kidnapping, frauds, extortions, blackmails to passport scandals and intimidation in his home country of South Africa.
According South African online news24.com and reports published on the South African Government website www.gov.za, Paul O’Sullivan was recently arrested by police authorities based on a tip off for his illegal involvement in frauds, extortion, attempted extortion and intimidation and his use of an Irish passport to leave the country after he attempted to ‘blackmail’ the current South African President Jacob Zuma and his officials but miserably failed.
It is reported that O’Sullivan, who is reported to be a forensic crimes investigator expert, is alleged to have dubiously used his position and the purported information acquired or allegedly fabricated by him to openly intimate and threaten the South African Government that he would publish tons of emails to expose alleged corrupt practices of the President and his officials.
The online news quoted a portion of O’Sullivan’s warning ad verbatim as follows: “stop me if you can”, an indication to unduly solicit attention from the government but failed.
Reports say when nobody dignify his vile threats against the Government, O’Sullivan decided to engage in passport frauds by first concealing his South African passport and then replacing it with an Irish passport in order to be considered as an expatriate to leave the country unnoticed to evade criminal investigation under the pretext that his life in danger.
Reports published on the South African government website www.gov.za, said the Police department investigated Mr. Paul O’Sullivan and charged him with fraud, extortion, attempted extortion and intimidation after days of claiming that he possessed damaging emails against President Zuma and his officials.
Reports said after briefly evading arrest, O’Sullivan went into hiding, and for days traveled incognito, and masqueraded as an expatriate but was arrested after using his Irish passport at the airport to check-in before boarding the flight en route to England.
The sources added that immediately after boarding the plane, O’Sullivan took his seat to the tail of the plane but was soon identified by security forces, taken off the plane at OR Tambo International Airport after a tip-off, arrested and handcuffed in front of his two daughters and subsequently charged for contravening the South African Citizen Act which forbids the use of foreign passport by a South African to leave his/her native land.
The police report published on the government website said O’Sullivan was formally arraigned before a magistrate Court in Pretoria and thereafter granted bail but with the conditions that he may not interfere, intimidates, contact or communicate with witnesses either verbally, telephonically, by email or in any manner whatsoever.
The conditions under which he was granted bail also contain a bar that the names of witnesses may not be disclosed to a third party, he may not go to Sable Hills Estate, he must not commit any offenses while on bail and must give prior notice to the investigator Brigadier PD Ncube before leaving South Africa.
It is not known as to whether O’Sullivan obtained a prior written approval or gave notice to PD Ncube before coming to Liberia to testify in a criminal case where he claimed to have an avalanche of damaging emails and other documents against those on trial.
The case against him was postponed for further investigation and O’Sullivan will appear in Court on May 19, 2017 with his co-conspirator Ms. Sarah Jane Trent.
Additional report gathered also revealed that O’Sullivan is before a number of courts charged with countless offenses of frauds, extortion and blackmail in Bramley in April, 2016, which will go to trial in Randburg between 3 and 5 April, 2017.
He expected to also face trial for a Rosebank kidnapping case registered in May 2016 and this will go on trial in Randburg between 22-34 March 2017, in the passport scandal at OR International Airport case, which was expected to have taken place on March 17, 2017, and the Kempton Park fraud and extortion, and intimidation case which is expected to be heard on July 27, 2017.
The police report added that there are a number of serious cases still under investigation, once of which dates back to 2014 and the majority of which were registered by members of the public complaining of frauds, intimidation, blackmail and extortion by Paul O’Sullivan.
It is not known whether the prosecution or the defense team is aware that under such condition, O’Sullivan, as a criminal defendant, cannot by law be allowed to provide any credible testimony because he remains a felon until the charges of passport frauds and blackmail against him are properly adjudicated or dropped in a court of law.
Also, sources interviewed by the paper from South Africa, have further indicated that whenever O’Sullivan is ready for his ‘operations’ he always uses a third country as his own base to enable him travel on his Irish passport to whichever country he wants to go.
It is not know which passport O’Sullivan used to come to Liberia as guest of the government to testify in the ongoing Global Witness case against former senior government officials.
Sources in government have hinted that O’Sullivan was brought into the country based on claims made that he possesses a lot of damaging emails and other pertinent information against a number of government officials that are involved in the Global witness case.
It is not known whether the allegations by O’Sullivan that he had a lot of emails and damaging information against President Zuma and his officials were ever established prior to his claims that a Czech criminal Radovan Krecji against whom he claimed to have investigated was after his life.
It remains to be seen as to what O’Sullivan will say when his character suddenly comes into the picture regarding his alleged passport scandal and blackmail for which he was charged and arraigned in court in his home country.
Investigation continues. See www.news24.com; www.gov.za