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Former detective sent to jail for corruption

Former detective sent to jail for corruption

Niël Terblanché

A FORMER detective who served with the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, Sergeant Immanuel Shitaleni, was sentenced to spend the next two years in jail after being found guilty on charges of corruption.
Shitaleni was arrested on 13 February 2017 in Walvis Bay and appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrate court on 14 February 2017.
He faced a charge of corruptly soliciting and agreeing to accept a gratification in the amount of N$5 000 in exchange for getting rid of a docket on a fraud case he was assigned to as the investigating officer.
At the time the convicted person was arrested during a sting operation conducted by officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission. The docket that former detective was supposed to get rid of was a fraud case involving an amount of N$361 243, 58.
At the end of his trial the former detective was found guilty as charged and during his final appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on 17 September the presiding magistrate sentenced Shitaleni to a period of 24 months imprisonment on the charge of corruptly using his office or position for gratification
According to the ACC 12 other police officers have been convicted of corruption related offences in the past 11 years. Depending on the seriousness of the charges the different convicted officers received sentences that ranged from heavy fines, suspended sentences as well as being imprisoned.

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