Court interpreter behind bars on human trafficking charges

12 Nov 2018 15:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – A 48-year-old court interpreter at the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court is in custody after being arrested last week on five charges of human trafficking.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Monday confirmed the arrest of the woman, a Congolese national who interprets French in court.
“We arrested her last Wednesday, but she has not appeared in court yet because she complained of ill health on Friday,” said Mbeha, adding that the woman was admitted to a local hospital under police guard.
The suspect faces five charges of allegedly smuggling immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Namibia through an ungazetted entry point near the Wenela Border Post in the Zambezi Region between December 2017 and July 2018.
Mbeha said more charges might be added to the five cases opened against her so far, and more arrests might possibly be made.
“The suspect is expected to appear in court when she is fit to do so,” she said.
Police investigations in the matter continue.