Amushelelo To Reportedly Appeal Bail Ruling

He was previously denied bail

By  | Apr 25, 2023, 11:46 AM  | Michael Amushelelo  | Drama

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It's been a month since Michael Amushelelo and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma from the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) got arrested after the Youth Unemployment protests in Katutura Youth Center in March.

During the arrest, Nauyoma got released on bail, but Commissar for Economic Development at the NEFF, Amushelelo is still behind bars.

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The Namibian reports that Amushelelo's legal team is gearing up to challenge this bail ruling but his defense lawyer Kadhila Amoomo, fears that it might take up to 2 months for that to happen.

According to their IG post, The Namibiam wrote: "Activist and investment scheme operator Michael Amushelelo will be appealing against a ruling in which his application to be granted bail following his arrest a month ago was dismissed in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura. Defence lawyer Kadhila Amoomo, who represented Amushelelo during his bail hearing before magistrate Sally Salionga, said that he will be filing an appeal against the bail ruling. He estimates that the appeal would be heard in about two months’ time, Amoomo added. Salionga turned down Amushelelo’s bail application after saying she did not foresee any suitable conditions that could be attached to his release on bail to deter him from committing similar offences."

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On his IG page Amushe wrote, "Today (April 21) marks 1 month since Michael Amushelelo was arrested after standing up for the unemployed youth of Namibia. Let us not forget the reason why he is behind bars, we need to stand together and continue the fight."

The reason Amushelelo did not apply for bail is, "His lawyer, Kadhila Amoomo, confirmed this in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura on Thursday. A bail application by fellow activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma is proceeding, though. Activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma (right), who was arrested in Windhoek at an alleged illegal demonstration against Namibia's high unemployment rate on 21 March, was granted bail in an amount of N$5 000 in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura on Monday.

Julieta Amushelelo, his wife had previously expressed concerns that her husband might be in danger as he is arrested.

"I am highly concerned with my husbands safety. Him being a political prisoner means that there are a lot of precautions that we need to follow for his own protection. One of the precautions include him not eating food that did not come from the hands of the people we trust," she starts off her post which was shared through Amushe's IG page.

"The procedures are as follows when taking food for him in jail. When I take in the food , they make me open the food , taste it and hand it to them opened. After that, the officers are in possession of his food until it's convenient enough for them to go and hand him the food."

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