A citizen of Cameroon was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on a charge of forging Namibian and United States banknotes yesterday.
Scott Kearm Mbah (52) made a first court appearance before magistrate David Mukuyu after the police arrested him in Windhoek on Saturday.
He is charged with one count of forging or altering banknotes, which is an offence under the Prevention of Counterfeiting of Currency Act of 1965.
It is alleged that Mbah was found with 50 printed pages, each depicting three N$200 notes, 39 counterfeit N$200 notes and 1 873 counterfeit US$100 notes in his possession in Windhoek on Saturday.
A police spokesperson on Monday said items believed to have been used to produce counterfeit money – including printing machines and ink – were also confiscated by the police when Mbah was arrested.
During the court appearance yesterday, public prosecutor Sylvia Kauluma informed the magistrate that Mbah wants to plead guilty to the charge. Kauluma asked for a postponement of his case to 17 April, with the value of the money involved in the matter to be determined in the meantime.
After the prosecutor objected to the granting of bail to Mbah, Mukuyu ordered that he should be held in custody until his next scheduled court appearance on 17 April.