27 Feb 2017 16:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 FEB (NAMPA) - Three Angolan nationals accused of bringing more than N.dollars 2 million into Namibia illegally in September 2015, were on Monday found guilty and sentenced.
Feliuano Abilio, 33; Francisco Sossingo, 25; and Joaquim Antonio, 35; appeared before Otjiwarongo Regional Magistrate, Marilize du Plessis for judgement.
They were found guilty on alternative counts of bringing money that was generated through unlawful activities into Namibia.
Abilio, Sossingo and Antonio were also found guilty of failing to present themselves to a Namibian immigration official at the Oshikango Border Post.
The trio was sentenced to a fine of N.dollars 150 000 each or 12 months imprisonment on the first count.
On the second count, the magistrate sentenced each to a fine of N.dollars 2 000 or six months in prison.
Du Plessis also ruled that the money found in their possession at the Otjiwarongo-Otavi police roadblock, along with the vehicle they were travelling in, be returned to them, even though they were guilty.
Lawyer Sisa Namandje defended the men in court.
Public Prosecutor Leonard Tjiveze represented the State.
The accused were caught at the Otjiwarongo-Otavi police roadblock with N.dollars 1 740 000 on 22 September 2015.
The next day, the police recovered another N.dollars 280 000 stashed in their socks and pants, bringing the total amount 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 drive to Windhoek the same day.
In an interview with Nampa on 23 September 2015, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Otjozondjupa Deputy Commissioner, Gerhard Mavenjono said the men allegedly hid the money, mostly in N.dollar 200 notes, in the vehicles boot and behind the back seats.
They allegedly could not provide satisfactory explanations to the police for where the money came from and why they were in possession of such a large amount.
They were then arrested, the money confiscated and their vehicle with Angolan registration impounded.