SA prepares extradition for fugitive arrested in Namibia

2011-01-03 11:18

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was preparing documents

for the extradition of businessman Louis George Rademeyer who fled the country

to avoid serving a prison sentence, a spokesperson said yesterday.


Rademeyer was arrested on New Year’s eve while on holiday in

Namibia.


“We are busy preparing the extradition application. It’s quite a

protracted process involving a number of roleplayers, so it’s hard to give

timelines,” NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.


“As soon as the papers are prepared, the National Director of

Public Prosecutions [Menzi Simelane] will sign them off and send them to the

department of justice.”


Rademeyer is believed to have fled to the United States in 2006 and

returned to Namibia for a visit during the festive season.


The Hawks received information on his whereabouts and notified

Interpol and Rademeyer was arrested and locked up in Namibia.


Rademeyer, who was a respected businessman in Kuruman, in the

Northern Cape, was among eight people convicted on charges of public violence

and culpable homicide in 2004.


They were sentenced to five years for public violence and another

five years for culpable homicide.


They appealed the sentence, but lost the appeal, and were expected

to start serving their sentences in 2006. Rademeyer fled the country just six

days before reporting for jail, the Hawks said.


The case against Rademeyer started in 1995 when members of the SA

Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) marched in Kuruman.


A group of white citizens of the town decided to hold their own

march, resulting in clashes with Samwu members.


The clashes ended in the death of a Samwu member.?


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