THE plan to get fugitive Lazarus Shaduka (39) to return to Namibia from Angola to serve his prison term for murder was dealt a serious blow with the news that there is no valid extradition agreement between the two countries.
A representative of the Angolan embassy in Windhoek yesterday said that the agreement that was in place needed to be renegotiated.
Also, she said, the embassy had not been approached by any Namibian authorities for assistance. Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa said in December that there was an extradition agreement with Angola.
Yesterday, the acting PG, Danie Small, said: "They have now found out that there will be a problem with extradition. That is one of the problems [to get him to return to Namibia]."
He said the office of the PG is closely involved in extradition processes. According to him, the PG sends an affidavit to the Ministry of Justice, from where it goes to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The foreign affairs ministry then deals with the country where the fugitive is, he said.
Small emphasised that Shaduka is not committing a crime by not reporting to serve his sentence.
However, there is a warrant of detention issued.
It is understood that a relative of Shaduka's, who allegedly helped him go to Angola and was detained for questioning earlier, had to be released.
He was detained on the suspicion that he had aided a prisoner - an allegation which fell flat because Shaduka had not been in prison.
An Interpol representative yesterday said: "We have done our part. Interpol has done its part in terms of circulating the fugitive (Shaduka) on the red notice to all the member countries, including Angola."
A photo of Shaduka features on Interpol's website.
Khomas Deputy Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa yesterday said the Namibian Police are contemplating increasing the N$20 000 reward that is on Shaduka's head.
Asked whether they still believe that Shaduka is in Angola, he said: "That's what we think."
According to him, the police have received "very good cooperation" from their Angolan counterparts. "But it is not so easy if someone is in hiding. He'll do everything not to be found. Let us just hunt him down."
Before crossing the border into Angola, Shaduka withdrew "a substantial amount of money".
Confirming this earlier, police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said that Shaduka made the withdrawal at Oshikango on December 13, the day he slipped into Angola.
Kanguatjivi said he could not confirm that it was N$200 000 that Shaduka had withdrawn.
Shaduka was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murdering his wife, Selma Shaimemanya (33), in their home in Klein Windhoek on July 13 2008. Shaimemanya died from a single gunshot to her upper back.