Five arrested with cannabis denied bail at Keetmanshoop

23 Apr 2019 16:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 23 APR (NAMPA) – The five men arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 1.8 million in their possession in the //Kharas Region last week, were denied bail in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
George Kangootui, 45; Johannes Brandt, 38; Rudolf Witbooi, 42; Lluweln Joseph, 33; and Vitjuukuaije Tjitemisa, 22; were arrested between Keetmanshoop and Tses on Thursday with cannabis weighing 216 kilogrammes.
They appeared before Magistrate Philanda Christiaan, who postponed their case to 11 July 2019 for further police investigations and for them to acquire legal representation.
Christiaan denied bail because police investigations are at an early stage and because it is not in the public interest for bail to be granted.
The State in addition fears that the accused might abscond.
Christiaan informed the accused that they can bring forth a formal bail application if they wish to be released on bail.
During the court proceedings Kangootui, Witbooi and Tjitemisa indicated that they would engage private lawyers, while Brandt and Joseph said they will acquire legal representation through the Ministry of Justice’s legal aid department.
The State was represented by Marlon Adams.
The men were arrested 22 kilometres outside Keetmanshoop by police officers headed to court in Keetmanshoop. The police became suspicious when they saw items being loaded from the truck into two smaller cars.
The police also confiscated N.dollars 19 000 from the accused.
One of the accused was driving the truck that entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post.