Otjiwarongo man accused of producing counterfeit banknotes denied bail

Otjiwarongo man accused of producing counterfeit banknotes denied bail
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A 23-year-old man linked to the production of counterfeit banknotes at Otjiwarongo was on Wednesday denied bail when he appeared in the magistrate’s court.
Knowledge Kasiringua was arrested at Otjiwarongo on Monday and appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Yvette Fredericks.
Kasiringua appeared on charges of possession and participating in the printing of counterfeit banknotes which were allegedly found in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Fredericks explained to Kasiringua his legal right to engage a lawyer of his choice; apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Legal Aid Department in the Ministry of Justice, or defend himself in court.
The accused opted to represent himself in court.
Public prosecutor, Elana Doeses who represented the State in the matter opposed the granting of bail, saying another suspect in the case was still on the run.
Kasiringua was then remanded in custody and his case postponed to 28 August 2020 to allow the police to arrest the other male suspect in the matter.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Otjozondjupa Region spokesperson, Maureen Mbeha on Thursday said Kasiringua was allegedly found with N$600 in fake banknotes, a cash printer and coloured ink on Monday at Otjiwarongo.
“We arrested him and also confiscated the three fake N$200, as well as the tools he used to print the counterfeit notes,” said Mbeha.
Police investigations in the matter continue.