By Amanda Xoagus – Windhoek, Namibia, Saturday, July 11, 2020.
An employee of the Ministry of Health and Social Services along with two suspects arrested, late Thursday July 11, 2020, for being in possession of six uncut diamonds in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, will be in court, Monday July 13, 2020.
The suspects were arrested as they tried to sell the diamonds to undercover law enforcement agents on Thursday. The value of the diamonds is yet to be determined.
Deputy Commissioner, Kauna Shikwambi, told the media on Friday that an undercover team consisting of police officers and reservists, used the impostor technique when the men indicated that they are trying to sell uncut diamonds on the black market.
“They posted as buyers, which subsequently led to the arrest of the three suspects, ages 36, 42 and 45,” Shikwambi explained.
She added that they confiscated the diamonds and a vehicle that belongs to the health ministry that was used in the commissioning of the crime.
“The Namibian Police Force and the law-abiding citizens remain committed and ready at all times in order to root out those individuals with the intention to indulge in illicit diamond trading, other natural resources activities in our country. Our resources need to be safeguarded to the benefit of the country.” Shikwambi concluded.