cops expose british mole

BRITISH journalist Simon Wright was released on R3000 bail after his arrest in connection with a security breach in the England soccer team's dressing room, police said yesterday.

BRITISH journalist Simon Wright was released on R3000 bail after his arrest in connection with a security breach in the England soccer team's dressing room, police said yesterday.

Police arrested Wright, 44, on Monday and charged him with defeating the ends of justice and contravening the Immigration Act.

He is allegedly linked to the incident where British fan Pavlos Joseph entered the English team's dressing room in Cape Town after a match on June 18.

Brigadier Sally de Beer said Wright was granted bail when he appeared in a specialised World Cup court in Cape Town on Monday. He was due back in court today.

Wright had surrendered his passport as part of his bail conditions. He also has to report daily to Cape Town police station, and he could not go to the Bay Hotel or contact any employee there.

Police believe Joseph's entry to the dressing room was a plot "orchestrated" with Wright to paint World Cup security in a bad light. This was according to national police commissioner General Bheki Cele, who addressed the media on World Cup security in Pretoria yesterday.

"The police have reason to believe that this incident was orchestrated and involved the cooperation of a number of individuals," said Cele.

Video footage obtained during an initial investigation backed the theory. It was alleged that Wright harboured Joseph by booking him into a hotel, allegedly using false or incorrect particulars, and interviewed him after he wandered into the team's dressing room - claiming to be looking for a toilet.

"The police strongly believe the motive was to put the World Cup security in a bad light and possibly to profit from the act," Cele said.

Joseph has twice appeared in World Cup courts for contravening the Fifa World Cup SA Special Measures Act. He was granted bail of R500 and was due to appear in court again yesterday. - Sapa

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