|Jailed Twice for the same act|
|Written by By Edson Haufiku|
|Thursday, 01 September 2011 00:38|
Twenty Five year old Harry Herbert Diyeve was arrested on Monday for the second time while on bail for the same offence.
Diyeve was first nabbed by the Namibian police during the second week of June this year after his former girlfriend lodged a case against him for failing to return two cellphones she had given him while they were still together. He spent seven days in the Katutura police cells before he was granted bail of N$ 800 on Thursday 16th August.|
Diyeve claims that the arresting officer did not want to listen to him when he produced his first bail receipt. “She was being tribalistic and unhelpful, at one point she told me that because I am Damara speaking, my girlfriend can go get the former president and she still won’t release me. I’m not even Damara, I’m from the Kavango region.”
Diyeve’s former girlfriend Enny Gontes, said she had the phones blocked by MTC while Diyeve was incarcerated, only to later find out that one of the phones was recovered from the suspect’s friend by the police. “When I went to get my phone from the arresting officer, he couldn’t tell me the exact whereabouts of the phone. He was very frustrating and his attitude led me to make more enquiries with higher ranking officers. I later discovered that the phone was taken by a female police officer, who is still refusing to return my phone”.
According to Gontes, the female officer, who is stationed at the Katutura Criminal Investigation Department and is known to this reporter, told her that “she traced the phone with her own airtime and if Gontes wants the phone back, she should contact her superiors”.
The Criminal Investigating Department (CID) officer did not stop there, to add salt to Gontes wound, she opened a second case against Diyeve and arrested him on the 22nd of August on robbery charges. “I don’t know what to say about that woman, she wrote a false statement on my behalf and forged my signature. I never opened a second case against Harry, all I did was ask the police to write me a statement so I can get the phones blocked at MTC” said Gontes.
Because of the unhelpfulness of the police, Gontes sought the assistance of an Inspector friend in the Namibian police force. Together they went to the CID offices in Katutura to try and retrieve Gontes phone. Upon arrival, Gontes was made to wait while her Inspector friend sought clarity on the matter. She was later called into the office of Chief Inspector Ndabeni, the unit commander of CID Katutura. Gontes alleges Ndabeni told her that she was from that point on an enemy of the police. “This is the second time I hear a police officer say that to me. I was with a friend and I recorded all this on the cellphone I had”.
When this reporter enquired with the CID officer, she said she had no comment and that all enquiries should be directed to her superior, who is apparently on urgent leave.