Monday, December 07, 2009

German Photographer on Bail After 2010 Bomb Scare

A 68-year-old German photographer was granted 5,000 rand (407 pounds) bail in a South African court on Monday after being arrested for making a hoax threat ahead of the draw for next year's soccer World Cup. Bernd Fischer, who said he worked as a freelance journalist for German news agencies, was one of two people arrested on Friday for separate false bomb threats ahead of the 2010 final draw in Cape Town.

Fischer, arrested after dropping a bag he said contained a bomb and fleeing, will have to report to police three times a week as part of the bail conditions. Police also kept his passport.

"Mr Fischer has paid his bail and was released," his lawyer Jan Hildebrand told Reuters. A 45-year-old South African man was also arrested on Friday after making two hoax calls about a bomb at Cape Town's international airport, but police were unable to say when he would appear in court.

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