Charge withdrawn against alleged drug dealers

23 Jul 2013 07:50
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - A Congolese man and Namibian woman who were arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Drug Law-Enforcement Unit last October on a charge of dealing in cocaine, have been set free.
The two suspects - Malesho Kabeya, 36, from the Democratic Republic of Congo and 26-year-old Windhoek resident Rudselia Boois - were arrested after they were allegedly found in possession of 36 capsules (bullets) of cocaine and 10 units of crack cocaine worth N.dollars 183 900 at a guesthouse in Klein Windhoek on 20 October 2012.
The duo was arrested along with another Congolese national and suspected key drug dealer, Lewis da Silva Dabo, who is still on the run after he allegedly escaped from a police van at the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street on 23 October last year, shortly after the three accused persons made their first appearance in that court.
Kabeya and Boois were set free on Tuesday morning when a charge of dealing in cocaine was withdrawn against them by Windhoek Magistrate Duart Kesslau.
The charge was withdrawn due to a lack of prima facie evidence available before court in order to prosecute the two suspects, and because the police failed to trace the key suspected drug dealer and fugitive Dabo since his alleged escape from lawful police custody in October 2012.
In addition, the court also ordered that Boois and Kabeya’s bail of N.dollars 10 000 each be refunded to the depositors.
Public Prosecutor Samantha Diergaardt appeared for the State on Tuesday.