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The Windhoek High Court has refused former commissioner of refugees Likius Valombola leave to appeal his murder conviction in the Supreme Court. Suspected drug dealing accused Grant Noble on Wednesday pleaded total ignorance of the drugs that were found in a container in which he imported copy paper from Brazil. Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku has convicted a 53-year-old man of murdering his former girlfriend during 2018 in Karibib. Lawyers representing two American citizens accused of the assassin-like murder of Andre Heckmair in Windhoek in January 2011, want the High Court to declare some items seized from their room inadmissible. An elderly man charged with two counts of murder had earlier threatened his deceased colleagues, a State witness testified in court yesterday. The long-running trial of prominent Windhoek lawyer Dirk Conradie and his friend Sara Damases resumed this week in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Thomas Masuku after a hiatus of more than a year. Windhoek High Court Judge Orben Sibeya has decided to call two witnesses who made statements to the police days before the biggest drug bust in the history of Namibia at the port of Walvis Bay. An application by Fishrot accused to cross-examine prosecutor general Martha Imalwa and her star witness Johannes Stefansson, in her application to have their assets declared forfeited to the State, was dismissed yesterday by Windhoek High Court Judge Orben Sibeya. Six Fishrot accused, including former Cabinet minister Sacky Shanghala, will know this morning whether they would be released on bail pending their high-profile trial. A witness who worked at a service station in Karibib, during the period the State alleges double murder accused Ernst Lichtenstrasser killed two senior executives of NIMT in Arandis, testified yesterday about seeing him the night after the murders. The mother of a woman who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend in a fit of jealousy, yesterday asked Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute to send her daughter’s killer to prison for life. The mayor of the embattled Otjozondjupa town Grootfontein has written a scathing letter to minister of urban and rural development Erastus Uutoni, accusing him of ignoring the town’s troubles and council’s pleas for solutions. The judge in the bail application of some Fishrot accused said the possibility of them interfering in the case is real if released on bail, as the State provided undisputed evidence. One of the men accused of murdering and robbing an elderly Swakopmund couple in 2017 wants the High Court to discharge all the charges against him. Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg yesterday dismissed an application by Fabian Hipukuluka Tange-Omwene Lazarus, who is accused of killing elderly Swakopmund couple Siegfried (81) and Sieglinde Strzelecki (79). Forex traders Michael Amushelelo and Gregory Cloete have indicated to Windhoek High Court Judge Claudia Claasen that they would consider bringing a recusal application against her for perceived bias. A man who was first found to be unfit to stand trial due to a mental defect by a State psychiatrist, then declared fit by a private one, was convicted on some of the charges he faced yesterday. Windhoek High Court Judge Thomas Masuku last week criticised former minister of urban and rural development Peya Mushelenga for his failure to take decisive action in the designation of a chief of the Witbooi clan. A senior police officer based in Swakopmund yesterday testified about how he discovered the whereabouts of a firearm allegedly used to murder two senior executives of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology in Arandis. State prosecutor Felicitas Sikerete-Vendura last week asked Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute to send two Gobabis residents, convicted on one charge of rape each, to 20 years in prison.