WINDHOEK: Forty-five alleged Caprivi secessionists, who were facing charges of high treason and other related violent crimes with intent to overthrow the Namibian Government and secede the Caprivi Region from the rest of Namibia in an August 1999 attack, were released here yesterday.
The 45 men were each released by High Court Judge Elton Hoff late yesterday afternoon following their successful applications for discharge, which were brought before court in terms of Section 174 of the Criminal Procedures Act.
Their applications for discharge were brought before court shortly after the closing of the prosecution’s case in October last year.
The men were released and discharged of a total of about 278 charges of high treason, sedition, public violence as well as illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, because there was no prima facie evidence presented before court by the prosecution showing that the acquitted men were part of a group of people who allegedly took part in the failed attack on Government installations in the Caprivi Region on 02 August 1999.
However, 65 other alleged Caprivi secessionists were not as lucky, as all their applications for discharge were refused and dismissed by the court because the State provided prima facie evidence showing that these people indeed took part in the failed attempt to cut off the Caprivi Region from the rest of Namibia on 02 August 1999.