16 January 2013

Namibia: Police Only Questioned Alleged Shaduka 'Accomplice'

Windhoek — Police released the young businessman arrested late Monday afternoon through the intervention of the Office of the Prosecutor General and an eloquence of lawyers.

The police were constrained to release him on Monday night after arresting him for allegedly defeating justice, as well as aiding and abetting fugitive businessman Lazarus Shaduka. The police were also ordered to return his computers and other files confiscated from him. The suspect is believed to be related to Shaduka.

The suspect's name cannot be divulged until he is formally charged or makes a formal appearance in court. Advocate Taswald July, in the Office of the Prosecutor General, said the suspect was merely held briefly by police for questioning.

"The police were working leads. The person was basically not arrested but just brought in for questioning on the whereabouts of Shaduka," July told New Era. The 39-year-old Shaduka skipped the country moments 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 fined him N$25 000 which he paid when the trial ended on August 23, 2010. Shaduka had spent more than two years in custody before his acquittal on the murder charge by the High Court.

The Supreme Court's judgement was on December 13, the same day Shaduka disappeared.

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

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