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Jolie photographer arrested again
Actress Angelina Jolie
Jolie has employed heavy security to maintain her privacy
A South African photographer has been arrested for the second time in a week while trying to take pictures of actress Angelina Jolie in Namibia.

John Liebenberg, 48, has been charged with trespassing and ordered to appear in court in Namibia on Friday.

His arrest last week, for alleged trespassing, was dismissed in court on Monday. He was released with a warning.

Jolie, whose baby is due this month, arrived in Namibia six weeks ago with her partner Brad Pitt.

Veteran photo-journalist Liebenberg was arrested for trying to take pictures of the couple at a local restaurant, according to reports.

"He has been charged with trespassing. We have organised him bail of 1,000 Namibian dollars (80)," said his lawyer Hilla Kogh.


The South African National Editors Forum condemned the arrest as "heavy-handed".

"The forum believes citizens have a right to privacy, however journalists also have a right to be able to do their jobs without unfair hindrance or intimidation," the forum said in a statement.

On his release last week, Mr Liebenberg told Reuters press agency that police may have wanted to use his case as a warning to other photographers and media.

"They probably wanted to make an example of me to the other, so-called nasty paparazzi, press. But we have been very respectful to [the couple]," he said.

Jolie and Pitt have sparked a media frenzy since the couple arrived at the coastal resort of Walvis Bay in April.

Bodyguards and undercover Namibian police officers have shielded them from journalists, erecting green cloth screens around the beach resort where they are staying.

The Namibian government has said foreign journalists wanting to cover the birth must have written permission from Pitt and Jolie to enter the country and obtain a work permit.

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