A former South Africa police officer wanted by Interpol on charges of sexual offences and the human trafficking of children was arrested in Brakpan on the East Rand on Tuesday.
The 45-year-old Brakpan man is listed as wanted by Interpol for his involvement in a child trafficking sex ring in Swakopmund, Namibia was arrested by Interpol and the Hawks.
“We had a red flag on him with Interpol’s involvement, we requested the assistance of crime intelligence and managed to locate him in Brakpan where he was then arrested,” said Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
Reportedly, his accomplice Johanna Lukas, 22, was found guilty in June last year on five charges of trafficking in persons and five counts of rape, after finding that it has been proven that Lukas procured two teenage girls for sexually exploitation by an alleged paedophile at Swakopmund in April, May and June 2012.
The All Africa website said she was the first person in Namibia to be convicted of trafficking children for sexual exploitation.
During the trial it was heard that the former police officer has intercourse with one of the girls who was 13 years of at the time on numerous occasions in April and May 2012. The suspect also had sex with a second girl in June 2012.
At the time of the incidents the suspect was living in Swakopmund, however once Lukas was arrested, the suspect allegedly fled the country and returned to South Africa to evade arrest.
The former police officer appeared in the Brakpan Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and the case was postponed to Wednesday, April 6, Brakpan Herald reported.
He was remanded in custody and is being held at the Boksburg Prison.
He is facing 19 charges for sexual offences including rape, human trafficking as well as assault, intimidation and malicious damage to property.
Mulaudzi said the suspect’s extradition was in the process of being prepared to send him back to Namibia where he will face the charges.
– Caxton News Service