Investigations into prosecutor fraud case still ongoing

28 Feb 2017 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) - Investigations into the case of a Windhoek-based public prosecutor arrested in December last year on charges of fraud and corruption, are not yet complete.
The 29-year-old Ivan Tjizu, who allegedly fraudulently claimed witness fees, made his second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura on Tuesday and was informed that the police investigations are still ongoing.
As a result, the matter was remanded until 31 March this year in order to allow the police investigating team to finalise their investigations.
Tjizu spent Christmas Day and New Year's Day in police custody at the Hosea Kutako International Airport police holding cells following the State's refusal to release him on bail on 15 December 2016.
He is charged in the matter alongside Sackaria Mweendeleli Panduleni (age not mentioned).
Tuesday's postponement was decided upon as per agreement reached between Public Prosecutor Arrie Husselmann and the two accused in court Tuesday.
They appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Bernedine Michelle Kubersky.
Tjizu was arrested on 07 December 2016 by investigators attached to the Anti-corruption Commission and made his first appearance in court in connection with the four charges of fraud and corruption on 09 December 2016.
Panduleni was added to the case as accused number two later in December, and is being held at the Windhoek Police Station.
It is alleged that Tjizu and his accomplice defrauded the State of N.dollars 280 000 in witness fees.
Tjizu allegedly fraudulently claimed witness fees for people who purportedly travelled from outside Windhoek who were arranged to pose as State witnesses.
The witness fees were then paid out at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.