Yemeni to hear bail ruling on Tuesday

07 Nov 2016 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 NOV (NAMPA) – A Yemeni man arrested in connection with the execution-style murder of a Malian man this year, will hear a ruling in respect of his formal bail application on Tuesday.
A passer-by at a dumpsite discovered 35-year-old Gamby Maya’s body on the night of 31 July 2016 after his murder in the Kleine Kuppe residential area.
The alleged killer, Murad Esmail Ali Al-Hersh, was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Serious Crime Investigations Unit in August 2016.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht, who is representing the Yemeni national in his bail bid, informed this agency on Monday that a ruling will be handed down on Tuesday morning at about 09h00.
Windhoek Magistrate Alweendo Venatius, who is presiding over the hearing of the formal bail application, will hand down the ruling on the matter.
Come Tuesday, Al-Hersh will either be released on bail or his bail bid will be dismissed by the court.
He has been in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility since arrest on 02 August 2016 with no option to post bail.
In his bail bid, Al-Hersh informed the court that although he is a foreign national living in Namibia for some years now, he has no intention to abscond from the country in efforts to evade prosecution.
He said that once the court grants him bail, he will stay in the country until the finalisation of the murder case.
However, the prosecution led by Public Prosecutor Ivan Tjivu is strongly opposing the granting of bail, arguing that Al-Hersh will abscond from Namibia before his trial begins.
The 39-year-old was arrested in Ongwediva on 02 August 2016.
At the time of his arrest, Al-Hersh, who lived in South Africa before settling in Namibia, was allegedly found in possession of about N.dollars 70 000.
It is alleged that Maya was killed after he failed to account for US dollars 150 000 (slightly over N.dollars 2 million) following the conversion of at least US dollars 500 000 into Namibian dollars (approximately N.dollars 6.8 million).
According to police, Maya was shot once between his eyes while sitting in his green Hyundai Elantra 2014 model, which was later found abandoned in the Olympia residential area.