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Special courts for football World Cup

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:35 IST
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South African police authorities say special courts are planned for the 2010 FIFA World Cup football to deal with offences related to the event.

"In the case of offences committed by visitors, these special courts will speedily resolve cases before their departure," said Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Mathogwame.

Police expect the World Cup to bring around 350,000 people to South Africa.

The officer stressed that locals who found themselves on the wrong side of the law for the World Cup related misdemeanour would also be in the dock.

Mathogwame, who is on the national priority committee of the World Cup said foreign police from countries participating in the event would help train the estimated 160,000 local police and deploy them at different venues.

"The foreign police played a very important role in Germany (this year). Where there were unruly supporters, the police already had information on them (the culprits)," he said at a media briefing Wednesday.

National Intelligence would help police identify undesirable people. Mathogwame expected other countries to offer information on potential troublemakers from their database.

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