… Gets arrested after customs officers blow the whistle
By Confidente Reporter
WALVIS Bay Airport manager, 32-year-old Chrizelda George, was arrested on Tuesday over allegations that she stopped customs and excise officials from searching a passenger that arrived from Windhoek last Friday.
Erongo Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, said that George was arrested while at work, after customs officials lodged a case against her.
Iikuyu added that she was granted N$3 000 bail shortly after her arrest, and is expected to appear in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s court today.
“I can confirm that she was arrested this afternoon (Tuesday). She was granted bail of N$3 000, which was arranged by her legal representative with the control public prosecutor.”
Iikuyu said that George is charged with contravening the Customs and Excise Act, by denying excise officers the right to fully exercise their power.
“The search was routine, but she allegedly stopped the officers from carrying out their duties.”
Confidente could not establish why George had stopped the officers from searching the passenger and whether or not they are related.
Inside sources this week told Confidente that George had two months ago refused to be searched, because of her managerial position.
On July 14, she had allegedly made a scene at the airport, after learning that three Namibia Airports Company employees were searched.
“She made a big scene in front of other passengers. This is a clear case of abuse of power. She is not a diplomat. Only diplomats are exempted from routine searches,” a source told Confidente this week.
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