A PAKISTANI national, who was free on bail on charges of rape and human trafficking, was arrested along with a police officer after they attempted to bribe a prosecutor at the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court to release his passport.
It is believed that the 31-year-old Farhan Khatri, who works for the Jan Japan car dealership in Walvis Bay, was attempting to abscond after finding a way to smuggle himself out of Namibia.
The Jan Japan group imports cars from overseas for resale in Namibia and other southern African countries.
Khatri and Detective Warrant Officer Jafet Simon were arrested on Wednesday after they attempted to pay N$58 600 in cash to the prosecutor to release Khatri’s passport.
Khatri had to hand his passport to court officials after he was granted bail on the charges of rape and human trafficking.
The large amount of cash and the passport were confiscated when arresting officers swooped in on the office where the two perpetrators wanted to finalise the transaction.
Both suspects made a first appearance on the charges of corruption in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Magistrate Nelao Brown postponed the matter to 4 November for further investigation and remanded both Khatri and Simon in custody until then.