WINDHOEK: A French national arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and Interpol in June this year at Walvis Bay, is appealing an extradition order from Namibia to India.

The 46-year-old Mathieu Nicolas Furic is wanted in India, where he allegedly committed serious crimes of a sexual nature against minor children at an orphanage last year.

Windhoek magistrate Cosmos Endjala, who presided over the extradition hearing, on 04 September this year ruled in favour of a formal extradition request by India, in which the Indian authorities had asked Namibia to send Furic back to that country to face trial on the alleged sexual crimes.

Today, Furic, through his Windhoek-based defence lawyer Sisa Namandje, brought an urgent application before a full bench of High Court judges Christie Liebenberg and Naomi Shivute, in which he asked the High Court to set aside the decision taken against him by the Magistrate’s Court.

In his submissions, Namandje said his client cannot be sent to India at this time because a formal extradition request and other related evidence of documents forwarded to Namibia by the Indian authorities were allegedly not properly authenticated to justify Furic’s extradition.

In response, prosecution representative State Advocate Simba Nunda strongly asked the court that the appeal application be dismissed, and that the earlier order given in the magistrate’s court be upheld.

Judges Liebenberg and Shivute reserved their judgement in the matter, and will deliver such on Thursday next week.

OTJIWARONGO; The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s Otjozondjupa regional elections’ co-ordinator is urging commercial farmers here to keep their farm gates open on election day.

Voters are expected to go to the polling stations and cast their votes in the Presidential and National Assembly elections on 28 November this year.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) yesterday held a one-day consultative meeting with its regional stakeholders at Otjiwarongo.

Speaking during the meeting, Friedrich Rugharo said commercial and communal farmers in the region must ensure access to their farms on election day, and avail the earmarked properties inside their farms to be used by ECN officials.

This meeting was attended by representatives of different political parties such as Swanu of Namibia; the Swapo-Party; the DTA of Namibia, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO).

Election observers from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania were also present at the meeting.

Rugharo furthermore called on all 16 registered political parties to hold their political campaigns in a peaceful manner, and to adhere to the ECN’s electoral code of conduct.