Pakistani man sentenced for working with expired permit

26 Jun 2014 13:50pm
WALVIS BAY, 26 JUN (NAMPA) – Walvis Bay Magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis on Tuesday sentenced a Pakistani man to eight months in prison or a fine of N.dollars 5 000 for working here with an expired work permit.
The 39-year-old Kafiyat Ullah had been working for Jan Japan Motors at this harbour town when the Namibian Police arrested him on Friday for contravening the Immigration Control Act No. 7 of 1993.
The Act requires all foreigners in Namibia to renew their permits on time, or leave the country before their permits expire.
Ullah paid his fine on Tuesday, and was instructed to leave the country immediately.
Court records indicate that his work permit expired on 15 February 2014, and has not been renewed since.
Ullah, who was fined upon own admission of guilt, told the court that he was not aware that his work permit had expired.
Nampa learned from the court that Ullah submitted an application for permit renewal on Tuesday.
In other regional news, a 46-year-old French man wanted by the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) for alleged sexual abuse of children in India, was arrested at the Walvis Bay Airport on Friday.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and the immigration officials facilitated the arrest after learning that Mathieu Nicolas Furic, 46, is wanted for sexual abuse charges in India.
Furic allegedly tried to enter Namibia to work as a fisherman on one of the vessels at Walvis Bay.
Crime Investigations Coordinator for NamPol in Erongo, Deputy Commissioner Otillie Kashuupulwa confirmed to this news agency on Wednesday that Furic was transported to Windhoek and appeared in the High Court on Monday.
“We do not know how he managed to evade arrest in South Africa, where he was coming from, but we succeeded to apprehend him,” she said.
The French suspect’s case was postponed to 04 July 2013 to prepare for extradition to India.
Furic remains in police custody.