PG decision in Standard Bank fraud case still pending

15 Aug 2017 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) - A decision by the Office of the Prosecutor-General in a case in which a Standard Bank Namibia employee is charged with fraud over a missing N.dollars 4 million from the local bank, is still pending.
The 33-year-old Charles Winston Manale made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Melissa Elizabeth Mungunda on Tuesday when he was informed that the Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG) has not yet taken any decision in respect of his fraud case.
The case was then on Tuesday postponed until 24 October 2017 for the Office of the PG to pronounce itself on the matter.
Today's postponement was decided upon in court as per an agreement reached by Public Prosecutor Cedric Tubeho Mundia and Manale's privately-instructed defence lawyer, Meriam Kenaruzo.
Kenaruzo also Tuesday morning withdrew as the legal representative of the accused as she has been transferred to another town.
Brownell Uirab is now Manale's new defence lawyer, taking over from Kenaruzo.
The Namibian Police Force Commercial Investigations’ Unit formally arrested Manale shortly after he surrendered himself to the police on 28 January 2016 after being on the run since 20 December 2015.
According to the charge sheet, he worked at Standard Bank Namibia's Trust Account Division in Windhoek.
Manale remains in police custody with no option to post bail as he was refused bail on 26 May 2016 following an unsuccessful formal bail bid.