14 January 2013

Namibia: Still No Trace of Shaduka

Windhoek — After just over a month now, there is still no trace of 39-year-old fugitive businessman Lazarus Shaduka who is suspected to have fled to Angola on December 13, 2012.

Shaduka apparently fled the country shortly after the Supreme Court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife. Last week the Namibian police offered a N$20 000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the fugitive businessman.

Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa told New Era yesterday that no arrest has been made yet. The police also appealed to would-be informants to refrain from giving "false and misleading information" about Shaduka's whereabouts in an attempt to get their hands on the N$20 000.

Shaduka was convicted of murdering his wife Selma Shaimemanya (33) in their Klein Windhoek home on July 13, 2008. He however, spent more than two years in custody, but was released on August 23, 2010 after he was found guilty of culpable homicide and fined N$25 000, which he paid the day his trial ended.

The State successfully appealed his case in the Supreme Court on December 13, the same day Shaduka fled the country. The Supreme Court set Shaduka's earlier conviction of culpable homicide by the High Court aside, and he was formally convicted of murdering Shaimemanya.

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