Docket in lawyer/cop corruption case not yet with PG

WINDHOEK; The case docket in which a local lawyer and a police officer were allegedly bribed to have another case docket disappear, has not yet been submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor-General.

This came to light when Windhoek-based lawyer Vetu Uanivi and co-accused Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Serious Crime Unit Sergeant Joao Afonso made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Lüderitz Street on Thursday.

The case, presided over by Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu, was then postponed to 14 July this year to allow the prosecution team to send the case docket to the PG’s office.

In the matter, the two accused men face corruption charges for allegedly conniving to have a docket concerning the case of Chadian-born Adoum Yakhoub disappear. Yakhoub is charged with housebreaking with intent to steal and theft.

The two men each face three charges – corruptly receiving gratification from an agent, using an office or position for gratification and conspiracy to commit an offence.

According to sources, the duo was arrested by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during a sting operation in August in 2014.

Earlier newspaper reports carried by the local English daily newspaper, New Era, had it that the ACC officers allegedly showed up at Uanivi’s office in Windhoek West, claiming that a client wanted to make a payment and that part of the payment had to go to the investigating officer, supposedly Afonso.

The ACC officers allegedly used marked money (photocopied money).

This money was allegedly discovered at the lawyer’s office when the two men were arrested.

“The ACC officers are suspecting Uanivi, Afonso and an unnamed local prosecutor of conniving to make the docket in the case of Yakhoub disappear,” read reports by the newspaper.

Windhoek-based defence lawyer Christian Nambahu is representing the two accused men, who are free on bail of N.dolars 25 000 each. The bail was extended until their next court appearance.

Bail was granted on condition that the two men not directly or indirectly contact State witnesses in the matter.