Diamond suspect to spend Christmas in Cape Town cells



A Namibian arrested with five uncut diamonds tucked away in his underwear at Cape Town International Airport on Friday was denied bail when he appeared in court on Tuesday.

The Bellville Magistrate’s Court postponed his case to December 29, 2015 when he made a brief appearance charged with illicit diamond possession.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson in the Western Cape Eric Ntabazalila named the suspect as Kafirir Lolbnebook.

Ntabazalila confirmed that the suspect did not appear in court on Monday as initially reported, but only on Tuesday and that his case was postponed to December 29.

However, Namibian police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi identified the suspect as 38-year-old Karl Christian Loibenbock. He said this was according to the information contained in the suspect’s passport.
News24 Journalist Tammy Petersen said the bust was made in an intelligence-driven operation conducted by the Cape Town Border Police.

It was reported that the suspect was waiting in the international departure hall and was about to leave for the United Kingdom when he was arrested.

Kanguatjivi confirmed Loibenbock was arrested in Cape Town on Friday by the South African Aviation Police upon his arrival on an Air Namibia flight from Windhoek International Airport.

“The suspect was scheduled to travel to Heathrow Airport in London, United Kingdom, and proceed to United States of America and was due to return back in Namibia at the end of December,” stated Kanguatjivi.
The value of the diamonds is yet to be determined.


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