28 November 2012

Namibia: Robbery Probe Incomplete

Windhoek — An investigation in the case in which five men stand accused of robbing a Lebanese businessman of N$2.2 million at a house in Klein Windhoek has not yet been finalised.

The matter will proceed in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on March 25, 2013.

The suspects in the alleged daytime robbery are Josia Muhongo (53), Michael Shidiwe (53), Eliaser Amukoto (50), and constables Nestor Kashuupulwa (34) and Mupopiwa Mupopiwa (32).

The suspects face charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and impersonating police officers after they stormed the house where the Lebanese national was trying to conclude an oil exploration licence deal, it has emerged. The five men are accused of robbing Vicken Kaprelian, a Lebanese businessman, at a house in Klein Windhoek on May 16.

State prosecutor Taodago Gaweseb on Monday informed Magistrate Hileni Kavara that the police investigation is incomplete. The five men were granted bail in July, which was extended to November. Muhongo was granted bail of N$30 000. Shidiwe and Amukoto were granted bail of N$50 000 each, while Kashuupulwa and Mupopiwa were each granted bail of N$5 000.

The robbery occurred while Kaprelian and Muhongo were supposed to be having a meeting with Shidiwe at the house in question, about the possibility of the sale of an oil exploration licence, it is alleged. Muhongo was arrested in May, while his co-accused were arrested two months later.

Three men allegedly stormed the house and identified themselves as police officers investigating illegal activities. One of them left with a bag containing N$2.2 million that Kaprelian had in his possession, it is further alleged. All the men denied involvement in the robbery and during the bail hearing they indicated that they intend to plead not guilty when their trial commences.

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