Arrested court intepreter goes on trial next month

13 Aug 2013 09:40
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – A Katutura Magistrate's Court interpreter who is alleged to be the key suspect in the disappearance of N.dollars 3 million from that court in 2009, goes on trial in the Regional Court here next month.
The 28-year-old Erastus Shaama made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street on Tuesday morning when he was informed that his trial begins in the Regional Court on 09 September this year.
Shaama appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Johannes Shuuveni when his case was transferred from this court to the Regional Court.
The suspect is free on bail of N.dollars 10 000, which was extended until his next court appearance.
Shaama was released from police custody on bail in October 2011, shortly after he had brought a successful formal bail application before Windhoek Magistrate Leopold Hangalo.
Senior Public Prosecutor Arie Husselmann represented the State today, while Windhoek-based private defence lawyer Boris Isaacks appeared for the accused.
Shaama was arrested on 16 August 2011, following the disappearance of N.dollars 3 million from a safe at the Katutura Magistrate's Court in April 2009.
The safe showed no signs of forced entry.
The money had been kept at the above-mentioned court after it was confiscated from Chinese national Jianguo Chen.
That Chinese national was arrested at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) in 2007 when he tried to leave Namibia with the N.dollars 3 million, undeclared foreign currency of US$431 492 and smaller amounts of British pounds and South African rands.
In January 2011, about half-a-million Namibian dollars also mysteriously disappeared from the same courthouse.