A FURTHER postponement to allow the State more time to investigate the case of forex trader Michael Amushelelo and his best friend, Gregory Cloete, who both made another appearance in court, did not sit well with the two accused men.
The Prosecutor in the matter informed the court that the investigating officer in the matter contracted COVID-19 while he was recovering from an operation in a local Windhoek hospital.
A letter addressed to the Control Prosecutor by Nampol Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga indicates that the investigating Prosecutor could not complete investigations as he had undergone surgery in July and subsequently contracted the virus while in hospital.
His supervisors, who were also assisting with investigations, were sent into isolation as they are contacts of the Investigator. Ndeitunga requested that the Prosecutor in the matter apply for a further postponement.
At the last court appearance, however, the matter was adjourned for a final remand.
The Prosecutor, Precious Matali, indicated that an audit report from the Ministry of Finance is still outstanding.
“Our investigations were all adversely affected by the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. At one time, the Ministry of Finance was closed off due to the infection,” she said.
Magistrate Venatius Alweendo has since postponed the matter to 30 November for further investigations, while extending the accused persons’ bail.
The two are out on bail of N$35 000 each. Amushelelo is represented by Sisa Namandje, while Cloete is represented by Kadhila Amoomo.
Amushelelo has since taken to social media to express his disappointment.
“The state prosecutor yesterday argued that the reason the state is asking for a postponement is due to the ministry of finance head office being closed due to covid. The office was closed only for two days 11th August 2020 to 13th August 2020. Mind you, our case was postponed from the 18th May 2020 giving the state enough time to do their investigations. Nobody undergoes surgery overnight, this is something that is well planned, so why did the police assign our case to be investigated by an individual who is scheduled for surgery?” Amushelelo queried.
According to him, the state also failed to provide the court with medical records or COVID-19 test results to substantiate its reasons for a further postponement.
“Our rights are being violated and molested with this nonsensical postponements. Especially that of our clients,” the Forex trader lamented.