Bail granted in dagga case

31 May 2019 | Justice

The Ohangwena Magistrate's Court has granted bail to two men arrested in connection with a truckload of dagga worth more than N$1 million.

Magistrate Letta Simon granted bail of N$60 000 each to northern businessmen Paavo Hatutale (47) and his co-accused, Nicodemus Shekunyenge (21).

The two men have been in jail since their arrest in February on charges of drug possession and dealing in drugs.

At the beginning of their court case, the two were represented by Maruschka January. However, during their bail hearing they informed the court they were now being represented by Jan Greyling and Associates.

The two will return to court on 19 July.

The men were allegedly in possession of 41 bags of dagga hidden under a truckload of poles. The court was informed that the drugs weighed more than 100 kg and had a street value of N$1 094 000.

The police reported that the truck had been contracted to transport poles for a building material shop in the north.

Hatutale, who owns Hatutale Transport, was arrested at Onhuno in the Ohangwena Region, allegedly while driving the truck carrying the drugs.

Shekunyenge was arrested the following day after it was established they had driven together.

Hatutale and Shekunyenge reportedly drove from South Africa through Botswana and entered Namibia using the Rundu-Nkurenkuru route.

ILENI NANDJATO