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Photographer on Jolie trail arrested again

May 24, 2006

SWAKOPMUND, Namibia (Reuters) – A South African
photographer was arrested in Namibia on Wednesday for the
second time in a week while trying to snap a picture of
Hollywood superstars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

John Liebenberg, 48, was ordered to appear in court on
Friday in Swakopmund, a small town on the southwest African
country’s coast near the resort where Pitt and the heavily
-pregnant Jolie are staying.

“He has been charged with trespassing. We have organized
him bail of 1,000 Namibian dollars ($151) ,” his lawyer Hilla
Kogh told Reuters.

Liebenberg was detained last week for three days on a
similar charge.

Police said he was on private property when he tried to
find a vantage point to photograph Jolie while her group was
relaxing at a beach bar and restaurant on the outskirts of the
town.

Liebenberg says he was still on public land, a dry river
bed that runs near the restaurant.

Pitt, 42, and Jolie, 30 — dubbed “Brangelina” by the
tabloid press — have been at the center of a media frenzy
since arriving in Namibia over six weeks ago to have their
first biological child.

Green cloth screens mask the beach resort where they are
staying and bodyguards and Namibian security have kept a tight
cordon around the family, hounding some journalists out of
town.

Liebenberg was freed by a Namibian judge on Monday on a
warning after being arrested for trespassing at a police
barracks and detained in a communal cell for three days.

He could now face a fine of up to 1,000 Namibian dollars or
one year in prison, or both, Kogh said.

Jolie is expected to give birth within the next week.


Source: reuters



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