Docket theft matter stalled

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Windhoek

The docket in the matter in which a local lawyer and a police sergeant from the Serious Crime Unit are facing corruption charges for allegedly conniving to have a docket disappear is yet to be sent to the Prosecutor General.

Prosecutor Amize Adams informed the court on Thursday when lawyer Vetumbuavi Uanivi, 30, and Sergeant Joao Alfonso, 52, returned to the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court. As a result the matter was remanded to July 14 this year.

The two are facing corruption charges for allegedly conniving to have a docket disappear. The docket concerns Chadian-born Adoum Yakhoub, who is charged with housebreaking with intent to steal and theft.

The two face three charges – corruptly receiving gratification from an agent, using an office or position for gratification and conspiracy to commit an offence. They were nabbed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officers in August last year in a sting operation.

According to sources who confided in New Era in August, the ACC agents showed up at Uanivi’s office, Uanivi Law Chambers in Windhoek West, and claimed that a client had come to make a payment, and part of the payment allegedly had to go to the investigating officer, supposedly Alfonso.

The ACC agents allegedly used “marked money” (photocopied money). The money was allegedly discovered at the lawyer’s office when they were arrested.

“They are suspecting Uanivi, Alfonso and a prosecutor of conniving to make the docket disappear,” sources said.

Uanivi is represented by Christian Nambahu from Nambahu Attorneys law firm, his former partner at the defunct Nambahu & Uanivi Attorneys law firm.

The two are free on bail of N$25 000 each, which they were granted when they made their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in August last year.

They were granted bail with one condition that they should not contact state witnesses, notably Yakhoub.

After their arrest, New Era learned from sources at the court that a prosecutor at the court had also been implicated, and “was sad about the incident”.

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