15 January 2013

Namibia: Breakthrough in Shaduka Case

Police arrested a young business personality late yesterday afternoon for allegedly attempting to defeat the course of justice as well as aiding and abetting fugitive businessman Lazarus Shaduka to escape the long arm of the law. The suspect, who cannot be publicly named until he makes a court appearance and is formally charged, is said to be a relative of Shaduka.

The 39-year old Shaduka fled the country shortly after the Appeal Bench of the Supreme Court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Selma Shaimemanya (33) in their Klein Windhoek home on July 13, 2008. The State appealed the High Court judgement that found Shaduka guilty of culpable homicide, but not of murder, and which fined him N$25 000 that he paid when the trial ended on August 23, 2010.

Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi did not confirm or deny the arrest saying he still has to confirm the information, as he was not in the office at the time.

The Khomas Regional Crime Investigating Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa, when approached for comment, said he was not aware of the latest development. "Perhaps it is still to reach my office," he said.

Shaduka had spent more than two years in custody before his acquittal on the murder charge by the High Court and being fined for culpable homicide.

The State successfully appealed the High Court judgement in the Supreme Court on December 13, the same day Shaduka was last seen crossing into Angola at the Oshikango border post.

The police have since offered a N$20 000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the fugitive businessman.

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