No bail for four arrested with rhino horns

14 Mar 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 MAR (NAMPA) – Four men arrested with rhino horns by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at the weekend in the Kunene and Khomas regions were on Monday refused bail during their first court appearance.
The four are Kaiko Murumbua, 22; Pinehas Tangeni Amunyela, 32; Ningeni Vaino Kalola, 35; and 27-year-old Kleopas Ashipala.
They made their first appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Claudia Claasen in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura along Mungunda Street.
The group was refused bail after Public Prosecutor Fillemon Nyau strongly objected due to the serious nature of the charges they face and the pending police investigations into the matter, which are still at an early stage.
The four men, who all appeared in person with no legal representation, are each facing charges of illegal possession of controlled game (animal) products and illegal dealing in controlled game (animal) products.
The number of rhino horns was not specified in court.
Murumbua and Amunyela were arrested on Friday at the Greenwell Matongo residential area in Windhoek, while Ningeni and Ashipala were arrested at Opuwo in the Kunene Region on Saturday.
Their case was postponed until on 01 June this year to allow them to apply to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for State-funded lawyers to defend them during future court proceedings and when trial begins.