WINDHOEK: Four men implicated in an alleged robbery case involving N.dollars 2.2 million at Klein Windhoek told a Magistrate’s Court here they will all plead not guilty to the charges leveled against them by the State.
The decisions and intentions of the four to plead not guilty to the charges against them are contained in a ruling (judgement) of their formal bail application thwas made public in court by Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu here on Wednesday morning.
The four men are businessman Michael Shidiwe, 53, Eliaser Amukoto, 50, and police officers Nestor Kashuupulwa, 34, and 32-year-old Mupopiwa Mupopiwa.
It has also came to light today that the complainant in the matter, Lebanese-born resident of Canada, Vicken Kaprelian, is so far the only and single State witness in the alleged robbery case.
Meanwhile, accused number one in the matter, Windhoek-based businessman Josia Muhongo, 54, has also said he will plead not guilty to the charges against him when he was granted bail of N.dollars 30 000 by Magistrate Jarmaine Muchali on Monday last week.
Shidiwe and Amukoto were each granted bail of N.dollars 20 000.
The two officers in the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Kashuupulwa and Mupopiwa were each granted a bail of N.dollars 5000.
The bail of the four men was granted without any bail condition attached to it.
‘As per evidence presented before court during the hearing of the formal bail application, there was no prima facie case made out by the State (prosecution) against the applicants that warrants the refusal of the granting of bail to the four applicants. There is no evidence placed before this court that the applicants were either part of the alleged gang of people that robbed the complainant, ‘explained the presiding officer (Magistrate).
In conclusion, the Magistrate said that the prosecution placed no factual basis before court for the refusal of the bail to the applicants.
‘Therefore, applicants Shidiwe and Amukoto are each granted a bail of N.dollars 20 000. The remaining two applicants, who are both police officers, are each granted a bail of N.dollars 5000, ‘ said Magistrate Unengu as she granted bail.
Meanwhile, when Nampa left the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Luderitz Street at about 10h00 this morning, family members, relatives and friends of the four accused persons were already seen making arrangements for the payment of the bail.
The group, together with co-accused Muhongo, returns to the same court on 21 September 2012 as police investigations into the alleged robbery case were still at an initial stage.
The five men were all arrested by members of the police force last month and earlier this month 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 newspaper had it that Kaprelian was allegedly robbed by a group of men who, while pretending to be police officers, stormed into a house in Klein Windhoek.
The Canadian resident was supposedly negotiating a business deal there, and the alleged robbers are said to have stolen the N.dollars 2,2 million from the foreign national.
Local lawyers Advocate Gerson Hinda, Sisa Namandje and Nuncia Sikongo are representing the four men in the bail application.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Jackson Kuutondokwa assisted by Public Prosecutor Taodago Gaweseb appeared for the State.