SA fugitive arrested in Namibia

2011-01-02 22:23

Johannesburg - A 62-year-old businessman who fled the country to avoid serving a prison sentence has been arrested in Namibia, the Hawks said on Sunday.

Colonel McIntosh Polela said Louis George Rademeyer was arrested on New Year's eve while on holiday in Namibia.

"The Hawks believe he fled to the United States. Mr Rademeyer returned to Namibia for a visit during the festive season. The Hawks received information on his whereabouts and notified Interpol.

"Mr Rademeyer was arrested and locked up in Namibia on December 31 2010."

Polela said Rademeyer, who was a respected businessman in Kuruman, was part of eight people convicted on a 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. Mr Rademeyer fled the country just six days before reporting for sentence," he said.

He said the case against Rademeyer started in 1995 when members of the South African 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.

Extradition application to have him returned to South Africa to start serving his sentence were expected to start on Monday, Polela said.

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