Two Chinese nationals sent to jail for bribing police officer

14 Sep 2018 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – Two Chinese nationals were on Friday sentenced to two years imprisonment each on charges of attempted bribery.
According to a sentence handed down by Magistrate Vanessa Stanley in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, the two men, Siyong Xu, 55, and Huaifen Yang, 54, will serve their custodial terms at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
The two were arrested on 05 September 2018 at the Old Power Station in the capital on a count of offering a bribe of N.dollars 4 000 to an inspector of the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Division of the Namibian Police Force.
They were sentenced after admitting that they offered the bribe to the police officer on 03 September in an attempt to stop the investigation of a case in which Huaifen is suspected of money laundering involving an amount of N.dollars 1 million.
Siyong and Huaifen, who have been free on bail of N.dollars 30 000 each after their first court appearance on Friday last week, admitted guilt on a charge of corruptly offering gratification to a police officer.
Court documents state that the pair wanted the investigating officer to stop investigating and close investigations into the money laundering case against Hauifen, who was an operations manager at a local construction company.
The State had previously proposed that the accused be sentenced to serve a prison term of four years or given fines of N.dollars 50 000, respectively.
Meanwhile, the accused’s privately-instructed defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji is, however, launching an appeal within the prescribed 14 days, because he feels the sentence is too harsh for a bribing case.
Public Prosecutor Marcus Angula appeared for the State.
The two will serve their custodial sentences at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.