Two behind bars for allegedly trying to bribe an officer

29 Dec 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – An alleged attempt to bribe a law enforcement officer at a roadblock with N.dollars 200 to avoid penalties for traffic law infringements landed two Windhoek men behind bars Sunday night.
The two male Namibians aged 36 and 20, whose names have been withheld until their court appearance, were pulled over in a taxi during a routine vehicle check in Windhoek West after a volunteer from the Women and Men Network Against Crime noticed that the taxi's license had expired.
The driver of the vehicle was also operating the taxi without a driver's license.
When the law enforcement officer asked them for the licenses, the driver offered him a N.dollars 100 note, while the passenger extended another N.dollars 100.
The officer immediately alerted the commander of the roadblock about the bribe attempt, and the two suspects were arrested and taken into custody by members of the City Police.
Chairperson from the Brakwater Neighbourhood Watch, Atousa Fischer-Buder, who carries out night operations in collaboration with the Namibia Police Force (NamPol), told Nampa that the duo will appear in court later this week.
“The investigating officer is currently busy with the case. The two will soon make their first appearance in court,” he said.
Apart from the two suspects, several housebreaking tools were also confiscated from several other vehicles during police operations aimed at fighting crime in the Khomas Region over the last few weeks.
Several drivers were fined by the City Police's traffic department for transgressions varying from driving without a driver's license to operating un-roadworthy vehicles.
The joint operation by members of NamPol, neighbourhood watch members from various residential areas and volunteers of the Women and Men Network Against Crime started mid-December, and will go on until sometime in January 2015.