Corruption charges withdrawn against lawyer and cop

23 Oct 2015 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) - Corruption charges have been withdrawn against a local lawyer and a police officer who were allegedly bribed to have a case docket of a person charged with theft disappear.
This came to light when the two accused persons - Windhoek-based defence lawyer Vetu Uanivi and Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Serious Crime Unit Sergeant Joao Afonso - made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street here on Friday.
“The Office of the Prosecutor-General has taken a decision not to proceed with the case against you. Charges are, therefore, withdrawn against both of you,” said Windhoek Magistrate Ruth Modesta Herunga on Friday morning.
The PG's decision for the withdrawal of the charges against the two men was made public in court by Public Prosecutor Joseph Andreas on Friday morning.
The two faced corruption charges for allegedly conniving to have a docket concerning the case of Chadian-born Adoum Yakhoub disappear. Yakhoub is charged with housebreaking with intent to steal and theft.
The charges are corruptly receiving gratification from an agent; using an office or position for gratification; and conspiracy to commit an offence.
They were arrested by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during a sting operation in August in 2014.
Earlier reports carried by the local English daily newspaper, New Era, had it that undercover ACC officers allegedly showed up at Uanivi’s law office in Windhoek West, claiming that a client wanted to make a payment and that part of the payment had to go to the investigating officer, supposedly Afonso.
The ACC officers allegedly used marked money, and this money was discovered at the lawyer’s office when the two men were arrested.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Christian Nambahu represented the two men, who had been free on bail of N.dollars 25 000 each.