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Two judges of the High Court roasted a Mariental magistrate for what they deemed “a flagrant disregard” of an accused’s constitutional right to legal representation. Salomon Kanyemba, the defence counsel for one of the American citizen’s accused of the assassin-like murder of Namibian André Heckmair in Windhoek in January 2011, yesterday accused a State witness of colluding with the State to fabricate evidence against his client. The lawyers of the two American citizens accused of the assassin-like murder of Namibian André Heckmair wish to apply for discharge. Lawyer Jermaine Muchali wants a review of the prosecutor general’s decision to reinstate charges against Rachel Kureva after initially declining to prosecute. Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg last week allocated the murder trial of a former senior police officer attached to the Women and Child Protection Unit in Keetmanshoop to Judge Dinnah Usiku, who is based at the Windhoek Central Prison. The Legal Aid-instructed defence lawyer of an Angolan national, who allegedly informed his neighbours and the police that he killed his live-in girlfriend and showed them the body, is now claiming it was the ex-boyfriend of the deceased that killed her. An uproar erupted at the Windhoek High Court yesterday when Judge Christi Liebenberg exonerated Azaan Madisia (30) and her brother and co-accused Steven Mulundu (25) on charges of murder and robbery. Five judges of Namibia’s apex court yesterday overturned a High Court ruling that did not recognise same-sex marriages concluded in foreign territory. Chief Justice Peter Shivute, who wrote the majority judgment with Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb, Windhoek High Court Judge Orben Sibeya on Wednesday confirmed the restraint order against the assets of the Fishrot accused and their business entities. State advocate Henry Muhongo on Wednesday asked Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg to send both Azaan Madisia and her brotherand co-accused Steven Mulundu to jail for not less than eight years on the conviction of defeating the course of justice. Two judges of the High Court reduced the 30-year sentence a man received in the Katima Mulilo Regional Court for rapes. The High Court last week set aside a wholly suspended sentence of 10 years imposed on a Windhoek resident, who killed a fellow security guard on 13 August 2015 and replaced it with a sentence of 18 years. Self-confessed rapist and murderer Thomas Feni Omulunga Eradius was yesterday sentenced to an effective 35 years in jail for the brutal rape and murder of a 49-year-old woman at the Emanya village in Oshakati in January 2019. Mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo has asked the Windhoek High Court to set aside his original decision to grant Xinfeng Mining a mining licence. The hearing of mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo and Xinfeng Investments concluded yesterday before Acting Judge Ramon Maasdorp. Suspended managing director of the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor), Immanuel (Imms) Mulunga, has submitted a letter of demand to the board and ministers of finance and mines and energy through his lawyer Jermaine Muchali. The letter calls for his reinstatement before 31 May 2023. Light is shining at the end of a very long tunnel for the seven remaining treason accused after Windhoek High Court acting judge Petrus Unengu set the date for the submission of arguments on the verdict on Wednesday. Liseli libonahala kuatumela mwamukoti omutelele hala basupile babasiezi, baba nyazwa kabukwemuheli kasamulaho muatuli swalelele mwa Khuta Yepahami Petrus Unengu natomile lizazi la kutofa bupaki bwa mafelelezo Labulalu. A clinical psychologist who assessed the state of mind of admitted accused killer Ernst Josef Lichtenstrasser has said his confession on 15 May 2019 was due to pressure by the police. Admitted double-accused murderer Ernst Josef Lichtenstrasser will call a forensic expert from South Africa to testify in his defence when his trial resumes at the end of July.