PG office declines to prosecute businessman charged with possession of suspected stolen property

ONGWEDIVA: The Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG) has declined to prosecute a northern businessman who was charged with possession of suspected stolen property.

Filimon Hashilelo, the owner of the Fari Boy business outlet at the Adolf settlement at Ekolanaambo village in the Oshana Region was arrested in May last year when Oshana Namibian Police Force (NamPol) investigation officers raided his business compound.

Some 40 pairs of Police uniforms and a few rounds of ammunition were found in one of the bedrooms at Hashilelo’s business place during the raid.

The Police seized the clothes and ammunition and arrested Hashilelo, 43, and Wilbard Hamukonda during the raid on the charge of possession of suspected stolen items.

Hamukonda, also 43, is a Police officer, and was renting accommodation at the Fari Boy business outlet at the time.

Hashilelo and Hamukonda appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court for the first time on 30 May last year, and they were eventually cleared of all criminal charges on 23 April this year after PG Olivia Martha Imalwa declined to prosecute them.

A reliable source at the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court told this news agency last Wednesday that Hashilelo could not be prosecuted because the uniforms found at his place were brought there by Hamukonda, who is a Police officer.