CORRECTION: Three men implicated in Air Namibia money theft in court

08 Feb 2018 15:30pm
CORRECTION: Removes ninth para (Their case was remanded until 08 February 2018 for further police investigations.)


WINDHOEK, 08 JAN (NAMPA) - Three Air Namibia employees implicated in a failed attempt to steal over N.dollars 1 million from the airline in October last year, made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
Penna Munyunda; 31; Tangi Amon Namwandi; 33; and Marx Felali Mahoto (age not provided) made a second appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley when their theft case was remanded until 15 May 2018 to allow the police to complete their investigations.
Public Prosecutor Rowan Van Wyk informed the court that the investigations have not yet been finalised as statements from the Namibia Airports Company's (NAC) accountants and from a witness residing in Rundu are still outstanding.
Van Wyk said this when he motivated the prosecution's application for a remand for further police investigations.
The three men are each free on bail of N.dollars 50 000 until their next court appearance on 15 May 2018.
The bail was granted on 11 October 2017 with strict bail conditions attached, including that the three men report to police investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Kazondana at the Namibian Police Force’s Commercial Branch in Ausspannplatz on Mondays between 07h00 and 19h00.
They were also ordered to hand in all their travel documents to the investigating officer. They are not allowed to apply for new travel documents, pending the finalisation of their fraud and theft case and have been ordered not to leave the district of Windhoek without informing Kazondana.
According to the prosecution, N.dollars 190 000 of the N.dollars 1.4 million is reportedly unaccounted for at the moment.
The trio was arrested in October 2017 after Standard Bank Namibia alerted the airline that a staff member in its finance department had asked for money set aside as payment to the NAC, to be paid into a different bank account.
After the alert, Air Namibia’s internal audit department confiscated computers in the finance department for investigations and this led to their arrest.
Privately-instructed defence lawyers Sisa Namandje, Christian Nambahu and Jamelle Janke are defending the three accused.
(NAMPA)
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