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Convict wants to serve sentence in Iraq

2012-07-20 11:31

Johannesburg - A Namibian convicted for a R100m robbery at OR Tambo International wants to serve time in Iraq instead of going to jail, The Star reported on Friday.

Uakereraije Maunda asked Judge Nico Coetzee in the South Gauteng High Court if he could be "given another opportunity to protect Iraqis against Taliban insurgents instead of going to jail".

Maunda is an ex-Koevoet soldier. Koevoet was a paramilitary unit that operated during the Namibian War of Independence in the 1970s and 80s.

The court has found he helped his deceased uncle, Tjindunda Uakotoka, get rid of the cash stolen at the airport in March 2006. He had already spent six years in prison awaiting trial.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • scouter.fourone - 2012-07-20 11:48

    Full marks for originality - that certainly is thinking outside the 'box'...

  • langa.kumalo - 2012-07-20 11:50

    he's mad!!

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-20 12:01

    Poor soul!

  • Carel de Lange - 2012-07-20 12:10

    Koevoet was not n paramilitary unit as described by N24 phsy-ops. SWAPO was, Koevoet was a police counter insurgency unit armed to the extent of combating SWAPO on par.

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-07-20 12:28

      Carel to call Swapo a para- military unit is to give them a massive compliment which they do not deserve

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-20 12:36

      True johan, but @ least they fought from time to time...Unlike MK !

  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-07-20 12:15

    Is he an ANC member ? if not he deserve no favours , tell him jackie Selebi

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-07-20 12:26

    why did it take 6 years to convict this man?

  • jake.neumann.35 - 2012-07-20 12:43

    I am going to steal a R 100 million and then insist on doing my time in Mauritius helping people to master watersports such as SCUBA diving, etc.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-20 12:49

      At least your version makes more sense!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-20 12:48

    Send him there. He can clear the mine fields where equipment is unavailable.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-07-20 12:49

    If the present Goverment and the previous Goverment did not treat these brave men so shamefully they might not have had to resort to crime to survive

  • Ingrid - 2012-07-20 13:15

    Yeah right, so where is the stolen cash? hidden in a bank account in Iraq. I didn't know South Africa has ties opps!!! MTN does. Go there and disappear.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-20 13:48

    more likely he will use his special skills to steal money there, and then vanish like a fart in a tornado..

  • tom.poe.12 - 2012-07-20 13:55

    Stupid Nutcase!!! The Taliban are in Afghanistan....not Iraq!

  • eseedat - 2012-07-20 14:52

    someone needs to tell him the taliban are in afghanistan not iraq.

  • gpitse - 2012-07-20 15:32

    KOevoet my voet ,you are going to serve your jail sentence here, as you have already admitted the guilt, unless they money is with the African National Circus , you might get a medical parole after 22.9 seconds of bed- arrest.

  • anri.tredoux - 2012-07-20 15:46

    Well one less person in prison..

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-20 16:51

    Shut it and go to jail.

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