Interpol seeks ways to arrest Baby Kruger suspect

2010-05-21 16:09

Interpol was exploring several options to arrest the alleged

ringleader in the baby Marzanne Kruger assault case, a spokesman said.

As long as Chakhoma Machaba remained in Mozambique, there was not

much the police could do, and no legal way to bring him back into the country,

said Hawks spokesman Musa Zondi, on behalf of Interpol.

“First, somebody has to put a request to Mozambique. If there’s no

extradition, there’s not much we can do,” said Zondi.

“His movements are being monitored and if he steps back into South

Africa, we will arrest him.”

Zondi would not say for how long the police intended to track

Machaba.

One option could be to have the trial in Mozambique, but this

decision would be left up to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) because it

fell under prosecutions, explained Zondi.

NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said he could not comment.

The one-year old baby and her minder were assaulted during a house

robbery in Randburg last month.

Kruger was left blind as a result of her injuries and was

recuperating at home after spending a month in hospital.

Two Mozambican men had been arrested, and one of them, Nelson

Maphosa, was denied bail by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

His co-accused, Gerald Nyantumbo, abandoned his bail

application.

The two were charged with aggravated robbery and attempted murder.

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