A former magistrate will be tried by a regional court
The case of former magistrate Walter Mostert and his co-defendants will be transferred to the regional court, where they will be tried in August.
Mostert, who appeared in absentia due to the closure of the Windhoek Correctional Facility, alongside Joyline Kambatuku, Eveline Meroro and Joram Salomo, was told yesterday their case was ready for trial and would be transferred to the regional court . The defendants appeared before the Windhoek Court of First Instance before magistrate Celma Amadhila.
“We have consulted with the Katutura control prosecutor and we have agreed that the case be transferred to the regional court on Mungunda Street and that the defendants appear for the first time on August 6,” said prosecutor Like Phelem.
The prosecution charges Mostert and his co-defendants with counts under the Anti-Corruption Act and the Immigration Control Act, as well as counts of money laundering, extortion, fraud and attempt to defeat or hinder the course of justice.
The state alleges that the charges stem from a period between 2012 and 2013 when Mostert worked closely with his co-accused in helping a South African family illegally obtain Namibian identity documents. He allegedly provided the Ministry of the Interior with false documents attesting that members of this family and their parents were born in Usakos.
In 2013, Mostert extorted N $ 90,000 from a Kosie Pieterse when he informed him that his family member had been arrested for exceeding the time limit to stay in Namibia after the visa expired, according to the charge.
The prosecution further alleges that Mostert fraudulently obtained N $ 250,000 from Pieterse. He reportedly told Pieterse that the money would help him with his application for permanent residence in Namibia.
Mostert was arrested on May 1, after returning to Namibia from South Africa, where he had lived for four years. The Anti-Corruption Commission has been looking for him since September 2018.
The former judicial officer and his co-defendants are currently in police custody, Mostert being detained at the Windhoek central prison while his co-defendants are being held at the Windhoek police station.