Congolese refugee smuggler's case ready for trial

15 February 2019 Author  
The case of a Congolese woman accused of smuggling immigrants from her country into Namibia, is now ready to go to trial in the High Court.
The 48-year-old Abigail Musasa Bashala made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Thursday during a pre-trial conference of case management review, when she was informed that her case has been allocated to High Court Judge Dinah Usiku for the start of the trial.
The Congolese national is scheduled to appear before Judge Usiku at the newly-refurbished High Court building on the premises of the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility next Thursday, when a date for the start of the trial will be decided upon.
Otjiwarongo-based defence lawyer Kennedy Siyambango is defending Bashala, while State Advocate Felistas Shikerete-Vendura is representing the prosecution.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Bashala, who worked as a translator at the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court, was arrested in 2013 for allegedly smuggling Congolese nationals into Namibia.
She was also arrested at the Wenela border post in the Zambezi Region last year for allegedly smuggling a group of immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo through an ungazetted entry point. - NAMPA


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