Pilots may sue Namibia for false arrest

2013-05-14 09:04

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Cape Town - Twelve South African pilots who were detained in Namibia are considering suing the country's government for unlawful arrest, it was reported on Tuesday.

"The group believe the harsh and vindictive treatment experienced over several days was unwarranted. The group were denied due process, were unlawfully arrested and regarded as criminals," their spokesperson Ron Weissenberg told The Cape Times.

He told the newspaper the group would report the incident to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which administers the International Civil Aviation Organisation and international aviation treaties.

The pilots and eight passengers left South Africa on 27 April on a 16-day trip across Botswana and Namibia.

The pilots were arrested at Ondangwa Airport on 4 May, apparently because their flight documents were not in order. They were released early the next morning.

Fresh charges were then laid against them, but they were not re-arrested.

They each paid a R400 fine, acquired the correct documentation and returned home on Thursday.

Read more on:    namibia  |  southern africa  |  air travel

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