29 Jul 2013 09:40
WINDHOEK, 29 JUL (NAMPA) A man who was arrested in April 2012 for alleged money-laundering after N.dollars 30 million was inexplicably deposited into his bank account at Katima Mulilo, will hear the results of his psychiatric observation at the end of August this year.
The results on the state of 42-year-old accused 'millionaire' Amos Warren Mumbone will be made public in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street here on 30 August.
Mumbone's alleged money-laundering case was handled in his absence by Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu on Monday morning.
The accused person has reportedly been admitted at the Windhoek Central Hospital's psychiatric section, where he is undergoing a 30-day observation.
In June this year, the court ordered that the accused undergoes mental observation for 30 days in terms of Section 79 of the Namibian Criminal Procedures Act at the request of his State-appointed defence lawyer, Brian Kauta so as to determine his mental fitness before the trial could begin.
During his first court appearance in April last year, Mumbone's legal representative told the court at the time that his client had a history of mental illness.
Kauta then also handed in a health report, which was compiled over the past few years, regarding the mental state of the accused person.
In the matter, Mumbone faces a charge of fraud, or alternatively money-laundering.
Reports carried in local English daily New Era in 2012 had it that Mumbone was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) after N.dollars 30 million was allegedly 'mysteriously' deposited into his bank account.
It is alleged that the money was deposited into his account on 06 April 2012 at an automated teller machine (ATM) at Standard Bank's branch in Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region, and the bank cleared the money.
Thereafter, Mumbone apparently went on a spending spree.
After his arrest, an amount of N.dollars 29 million was found in his bank account and nobody knows what he did with the other N.dollars 1 million, former Windhoek police station commander Chief Inspector Robert Sanjahi said at the time.
Mumbone was arrested on 20 April 2012 when staff members of Standard Bank, where he has a bank account, became suspicious following his request for the withdrawal of N.dollars 69 000 for the purpose of purchasing a vehicle.
He allegedly did not give a notice to the bank about his withdrawal in accordance with bank procedures, and apparently wore strange clothes and appeared at the bank looking not so well.
Bank officials then alerted the Commercial Crime Unit of the Namibian Police Force about his N.dollars 30 million bank account, which led to his immediate arrest.
Mumbone claimed that the N.dollars 30 million was legitimate money, which he had acquired from a private insurance policy his late father had apparently taken out on his behalf when he was born.
He also claimed that his father worked in the United States of America (USA), and that he owns a house in the Washington District of Columbia (DC).
Public Prosecutor Taodago Gaweseb appeared for the State in the case.