Drunken-driving charge withdrawn against elections chief

03 Apr 2015 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 03 APR (NAMPA) - A charge of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol against the Director of Elections Paul John Isaak was provisionally withdrawn on Thursday.
The 66-year-old Isaak was facing one count of contravening the Road Traffic Ordinance for allegedly driving a vehicle with an excessive blood-alcohol level of above the minimum prescribed level of 0,33 millilitre.
This charge was provisionally withdrawn after police investigating officers failed to bring the docket of his case before court for a second time.
This means Isaak is free, but the charge can be re-instated once the investigating officers bring the docket before court and if the prosecuting authority wants to continue with the case.
Isaak was notified of the withdrawal when he made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Muchali Jermaine Muchali along Luderitz Street here on Thursday morning.
'Initially, the docket of your case was supposed to be brought before court on 27 February 2015. The docket is again today (02 April 2015) not brought before court. This is the second time the police investigating officers could not bring the docket before court. For this reason, the charge against you is hereby provisionally withdrawn. The bail of N.dollars 4 000 is also hereby cancelled and the bail money is refunded to the depositor,' said the magistrate.
Isaak was arrested in Windhoek in December 2013, and made his first court appearance on 23 December 2013, just three months after he was appointed as director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia.
Public Prosecutor Erastus Hatutale appeared for the prosecution, while Windhoek-based defence lawyer Chris Brandt represented Isaak on Thursday.
Isaak was a lecturer at the University of Namibia (Unam) in the capital before taking over from Moses Ndjarakana, whose term as the country's elections director ended in July 2013.