Case of former Police drug law chief postponed to May

16 Apr 2014 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 APR (NAMPA) - The case of a former unit commander of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Drug Law Enforcement Unit, who was arrested in January this year for the alleged theft of exhibits from the drug unit, has been postponed to mid-May this year.
The arrested Chief Inspector, Freddy Basson, made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on a charge of theft of exhibits from the Drug Law Enforcement Unit’s safe on Wednesday. His case was postponed to 14 May this year to enable the Police investigating team to bring the case docket to court.
Basson appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Justine Asino, and the postponement of his case was agreed to between Basson's private defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht and Public Prosecutor Samantha Diergaardt.
Basson is free on bail of N.dollars 40 000, and his bail was also extended until his next court appearance.
The items Basson allegedly stole are cocaine valued at N.dollars 1 million, two video cameras valued at N.dollars 9 000 and cash money in the amount of N.dollars 21 650, which were allegedly in police possession.
He was arrested on 23 January 2014 and made a first court appearance on 24 January 2014. He was refused bail for fear that he might interfere with police investigations.
However, Basson was later released on bail of N.dollars 40 000 after he brought a successful formal bail application before court through his private defence lawyer Engelbrecht.
The bail was granted on condition that he must report himself at the Drug Law Enforcement Unit’s offices between 08h00 and 17h00 each day of the week, from Monday to Friday.