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PG to decide about drugs charge against Comalie

The prosecutor general has to decide by early October whether the board chairperson of the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor), Jennifer Comalie, will be prosecuted in connection with the alleged discovery of illegal drugs in her car towards the end of March this year.

Comalie’s case was postponed to 3 October when she made a second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Magistrate Jozanne Klazen postponed the matter to give the prosecutor general time to decide whether Comalie will be prosecuted on the evidence collected by the police, on what charges she would have to stand trial if she is prosecuted, and in which court she would be tried.

Comalie has been charged with three counts of dealing in dependence-producing substances.

She was arrested on 27 March, after 935 grams of cannabis, 60 crack cocaine ‘rocks’ and 10 grams of cocaine were allegedly found in her car, shortly before a Namcor board meeting was due to take place at the state-owned company’s head office in Windhoek.

Comalie’s arrest took place in the midst of reports of corporate conflicts in Namcor.

She has continued to serve as chairperson of the company, whose managing director, Immanuel Mulunga, was suspended by the Namcor board about a week after Comalie’s release on bail following her first court appearance.

Comalie was granted bail in an amount of N$7 000 when she first appeared in court on 29 March.

Defence lawyer Florian Beukes, who represented her during court proceedings on Monday, told Klazen the matter is not complex and that it is affecting Comalie, who is a chartered accountant, professionally as long as the charges remain pending against her.

Klazen made the postponement for the prosecutor general’s decision to be taken a final postponement for that purpose.

She remarked that she considered two months’ time for the prosecutor general’s decision to be made as reasonable.