WINDHOEK: Five people implicated in an alleged robbery case involving N.dollars 2, 2 million that took place here in May this year, are scheduled to make another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
The suspects are two prominent Windhoek businessmen – Josia Muhongo, 54, and Michael Shidiwe – as well as Eros resident Eliaser Amukoto, 50, and serving members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Nestor Kashuupulwa, 34, and 32-year-old Mupopiwa Mupopiwa.
Four of the suspected robbers were each granted bail by Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu on 25 July this year at the end of their formal bail application, which was brought before court under the provisions of Section 174 of the Criminal Procedures’ Act.
On the aforesaid date, Shidiwe and Amukoto were granted bail of N.dollars 20 000 each, while the two Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers were each granted bail of N.dollars 5 000.
No bail conditions were attached, said Magistrate Unengu when she granted bail.
Muhongo, who is accused number one in the alleged robbery case, was granted bail of N.dollars 30 000 by Magistrate Jarmaine Muchali shortly after his arrest, also following a successful formal bail application.
A group of five men were arrested by members of the Police Force in June and July this year after they were accused of robbing a Lebanese-born resident of Canada, Vicken Kaprelian, of about N.dollars 2,2 million in Klein Windhoek on 16 May this year.
The five men are each facing a charge of robbery, and an alternative charge of theft.
Earlier reports carried by local English daily The Namibian had it that Kaprelian was allegedly robbed by a group of men who pretended to be police officers.
The Canadian resident was supposedly negotiating a business deal at a house in Klein Windhoek when the robbery occurred.
Advocate Gerson Hinda and attorneys Sisa Namandje and Nuncia Sikongo are representing the five accused men.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Jackson Kuutondokwa, assisted by Public Prosecutor Taodago Gaweseb, represent the State.