Chinese national posts bail on alleged bribery charge

OTJIWARONGO: A Windhoek-based Chinese businessman who got arrested in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region last Friday for allegedly bribing some traffic officers, was granted bail here of N.dollars 5 000 on Monday.

Jindan Lin, 46, appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning where he was granted bail of N.dollars 5 000 by Magistrate Helvi Shilemba. Lin paid the bail on the spot.

Shilemba had first informed Lin his legal rights to acquire a legal representative of his own choice, apply for a state funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate or defend himself in court.

Lin told the court he will decide on what to do later. His case was postponed to 09 June 2014 for further police investigations. Public State Prosecutor Marius Adams represented the state in the matter.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on enquiry Sunday that the Chinese national allegedly failed to stop at several traffic stop signs in Otjiwarongo with his silver BMW sedan vehicle.

Mbeha said that the accused was spotted by Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers driving through several stop signs along Dr Hage Geingob Street from the direction of Okahandja. The Otjozondjupa police spokesperson explained that the traffic officers had tried to stop Lin, but he sped off towards Otavi.

Mbeha said the man also overtook a truck at high speed on a solid road surface line outside Otjiwarongo on the B1 road in an attempt to flee the traffic officers. Namibian Police officers operating at the road block between Otjiwarongo and Otavi were informed of this man, and the BMW was stopped and pulled off the road.

“When the Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers arrived at the roadblock, it is alleged the Chinese man asked them to let him go without being charged for the offences he committed, and later negotiated to pay them some money,” Mbeha said.

She alleged that then Lin pulled out a N.dollars 200 note as payment, but was subsequently arrested on a charge of bribery.

The Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers also issued him two fines to the value of N.dollars 2 500 for allegedly failing to stop at traffic stop signs and overtaking on a ‘blind’ spot.

(edited)OTJIWARONGO: A Windhoek-based Chinese businessman arrested in Otjiwarongo last Friday for allegedly attempting to bribe traffic officers, was granted bail of N.dollars 5 000 here on Monday.

Jindan Lin, 46, appeared before magistrate Helvi Shilemba, who informed the accused of his right to acquire a legal representative of his choice, apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate or defend himself in court.

He told the court that he will decide on what to do “later”.He paid the bail, and his case was postponed to 09 June 2014 for further police investigations. Prosecutor Marius Adams represented the State in the matter.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Sunday that the Chinese national allegedly failed to stop at several traffic signs in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region whilst driving his silver BMW sedan vehicle.

The accused was spotted by municipal traffic officers here whilst ignoring several stop signs along Dr Hage Geingob Street from the direction of Okahandja.

The traffic officers tried to stop him, but he sped off towards Otavi. Mbeha said the man also overtook a truck at high speed on a solid line outside Otjiwarongo on the B1 road in an attempt to flee from the traffic officers.

Namibian Police officers operating at the roadblock between Otjiwarongo and Otavi were then informed of the incident, and the BMW was stopped and pulled off the road.

“When the Otjiwarongo municipal traffic officers arrived at the roadblock, it is alleged the Chinese man asked them to let him go without being charged for the offences he had committed, and he later negotiated to pay them some money,” Mbeha said.

Jindan allegedly pulled out a N.dollars 200 note as payment, but was arrested on a charge of bribery.

The traffic officers also issued him with two fines totalling N.dollars 2 500 for allegedly failing to stop at stop signs, and overtaking on a blind spot.

SOURCE: NAMPA