21 Mar 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) The Namibian Police Force have appealed to other countries to assist in tracing fugitive Lazarus Shaduka, who fled the country shortly after he was found guilty in December 2012 on a charge of murdering his wife.
Lieutenant-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Sebastian Ndeitunga said this during a joint media briefing with visiting International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) Secretary-General Jürgen Stock on Sunday.
Ndeitunga said all information about Shaduka is in circulation in Africa and the rest of the world.
He noted that the Interpol family has ways of communicating and passing information between each other, particularly when it comes to fugitives absconding justice.
We have what we call a Red Notice, which is circulated through a system called I 24/7 and it is circulated to all member countries with the information related to the fugitive, he explained.
Shaduka was convicted of murdering his wife Selma Shaimemanya in their Klein Windhoek home on 13 July 2008. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
Shaduka, who will be 47 years old this year, was not present in court when judgement was delivered on 13 December 2012 and allegedly fled to Angola via the Oshikango Border Post that same day.
The convict spent about two years in police custody on a charge of culpable homicide, which he was acquitted of and was released on a fine of N.dollars 25 000 in August 2010. However, a State appeal in the High Court had his conviction of culpable homicide set aside and he was found guilty on a charge of murder in December 2012, following a successful appeal by the State in the Windhoek Supreme Court.
Also speaking at the media briefing, Interpol Secretary-General Jürgen Stock said international crime is more complex and international than ever.
Organised crime groups take benefits from globalisation to travel all across the globe and implement their criminal business models on a global scale.
Interpol is a kind of force enabler; we provide a platform to our 190 member countries police services to communicate in a secure way with each other to exchange information, and information is the key asset to fight organised crime or crime networks, Stock said.
The strength of Interpol, he said, is to bring information from member countries to a single border station, single police officer, customs officer and border office to identify that a criminal is travelling or is travelling using a stolen or counterfeit passport.
Interpol supports these activities and provide the platform where member countries come together, share their experience and information, which is important in tackling these types of crimes, he said.