Arrested court interpreter goes on trial in November

09 Sep 2013 09:20
WINDHOEK, 09 SEP (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 in November this year.
The 28-year-old Erastus Shaama made his first appearance in the Windhoek Regional Court along Mungunda Street last Friday, where he was informed that his trial begins in the same court on 15 November.
This date was decided upon when agreement was reached between Shaama's defence lawyer Boris Isaacks and Public Prosecutor Cliff Lutibezi in court.
Shaama appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Sarel Jacobs.
The suspect is free on bail of N.dollars 10 000, which was also extended until his next 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.
The accused 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.
Meanwhile, in January 2011, about half-a-million Namibian dollars also mysteriously disappeared from the same courthouse.