15 Aug 2017 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) - A Yemeni man arrested for the alleged execution-style murder of a Malian national in August 2016, on Tuesday denied committing the offence.
The 39-year-old Murad Esmail Ali Al-Hersh was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Serious Crime Investigations Unit on 02 August 2016 after the body of Gamby Maya was discovered in the Kleine Kuppe residential area on 31 July 2016.
Al-Hersh denied the offence when he entered a not guilty plea to the charge of murder before Magistrate Melissa Elizabeth Mungunda in the Windhoek Magistrates Court along Lüderitz Street Tuesday morning.
The accused informed the court he understands the charge levelled against him by the State and his not guilty plea is in accordance with the instructions he gave his privately-instructed defence lawyer Georgitta Losper of the local law firm, Tjombe and Elago Incorporated.
The plea was entered before court in terms of the provisions of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.
The alleged murder was, thereafter, remanded until 26 September this year to allow the Office of the Prosecutor-General to pronounce itself on the matter.
A docket of the case was also immediately forwarded to the PGs office for a decision.
Public Prosecutor Cedric Tubeho Mundia appeared for the State Tuesday morning.
The Yemeni man was refused bail on 11 November 2016, following a failed formal bail bid.
Al-Hersh was on Tuesday again remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility until his next court appearance.
Al-Hersh, who lived in South Africa before settling in Namibia, was arrested in Ongwediva in the Oshana Region. He was found in possession of about N.dollars 70 000.
It is alleged that the 35-year-old Maya was killed after he failed to account for US dollars 150 000 (about N.dollars 2 million) following the conversion of at least US dollars 500 000 into Namibian dollars (approximately N.dollars 6.4 million).
Maya was shot once between his eyes while sitting in his green Hyundai Elantra sedan, which was later found abandoned in the Olympia residential area.