Bail application for Angolan 'millionaires' turned down

11 Nov 2015 10:40am
OTJIWARONGO, 11 NOV (NAMPA) –The bail application of three Angolan nationals found in possession of more than N.dollars 2 million here in September 2015, was turned down in court Tuesday morning.
The trio - Feliuano Abilio, 31; Francisco Sossingo, 23; and 33-year-old Joaquim Antonio - were remanded in custody by Otjiwarongo Magistrate Jo-Rina Jagger when they made their fifth court appearance in that court.
Jagger cited the ongoing police investigations in the matter, saying the accused might interfere with the investigations and or State witnesses.
She further said Abilio, Sossingo and Antonio have no property that tie them to Namibia, and therefore they might abscond from attending this ongoing court case.
The magistrate then remanded them in police custody.
They will return to court on Thursday during which the police will present feedback on its ongoing investigations into the case.
The men are being charged with contravening Sections 4, 5, and 6 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 29 of 2004 (POCA), which deals with money laundering and the acquisition of proceeds of unlawful activities.
This law among others prohibits foreign nationals from entering or exiting Namibia with amounts of money exceeding N.dollars 250 000 without declaring the funds at a designated border post.
The three were caught at the Otjiwarongo-Otavi Police roadblock on 22 September 2015, carrying an amount of N.dollars 1 740 000.
The following day, the Otjozondjupa police recovered another N.dollars 280 000 stashed in their socks and pants, bringing the total amount of money to N.dollars 2 020 000.
It is alleged the men entered Namibia from Angola on 22 September via the Oshikango Border Post and intended to travel to Windhoek the same day.
The men allegedly could not provide satisfactory explanations to the police of where the money came from and why they had such a large amount of money in their possession.
The money is now being kept at the Bank of Namibia (BoN).
The three accused are being represented by private lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji from the Siyomunji Law Chambers based in the capital.
Public Prosecutor Leonard Tjiveze represented the State in the matter.