No Mutual Legal Assistance Requests from the Namibian Police

The Ministry of Justice and Corrections says there is no official file from the Namibian police regarding an MLA request for a suspect named David Imanuwela.

Imanuwela is believed to be linked to a robbery that allegedly took place at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s farm in February 2020.

In a statement, the ministry said there are established procedures for servicing mutual legal assistance requests.

The first service process was the requesting state submitting the request to the South African Embassy or High Commission in that particular state.

“The South African Embassy or High Commission will then submit the application to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). DIRCO will then provide proof of receipt and will then forward the application to the Central Authority, which is the director general of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development,” said ministry spokesman Chrispin Phiri.

The second service process, he said, sees the requesting state serve the mutual legal assistance request through its embassy or high commission in the state from which it is seeking information or assistance.

“The Embassy or High Commission of the Requesting State will serve the application on DIRCO. DIRCO will then provide an acknowledgment of receipt and forward the application to the Central Authority.

“When referring to diplomatic channels, these are the processes being referred to.”

To date, he said, all mutual legal assistance requests have gone through these processes without any complications between the two states of Namibia and South Africa.

“South Africa and its sister Republic Namibia continue to work together in a spirit of collaboration on matters of mutual legal assistance in accordance with the Protocol of the Southern African Development Community and other related bilateral treaties. So far, there have been no developments that require a change in approach when it comes to issues of this nature,” Phiri said.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

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