Statement Regarding Alleged South African Citizen Arrested in New York

Pretoria - The Department of Foreign Affairs has taken note of media reports of the arrest of an alleged South Africa in New York on charges of arms smuggling earlier this week.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to be informed of this arrest by the United States authorities. In terms of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the detainee must request contact with the diplomatic/consular mission upon his arrest.

However, the Consulate General in New York is in touch with the relevant authorities in this regard and will continue to seek confirmation of this arrest whereupon the necessary arrangements will be made for consular access to the detainee.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

17 March 2005

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