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Treason suspect's wife smuggled cellphone to imprisoned husband
October 20, 2004


THE wife of a Caprivi high treason suspect being detained at the Grootfontein Prison was sentenced in the Grootfontein Magistrate's Court this week after she admitted that she had smuggled a cellphone to her jailed husband.

Ronel Sililo (30) on Monday pleaded guilty to a charge that she had contravened the Prisons Act by taking a prohibited article - a Motorola cellphone - into the Grootfontein Prison between September 1 and 9 last year.

Her explanation to Magistrate Andre le Roux was that she had wanted her husband to phone her from inside the prison.

The husband is Bennet Mutuso, who is claimed to be one of the leading figures among the 120 high treason suspects now on trial in the High Court at Grootfontein.

Sililo did not reveal how she managed to get the phone into the jail.

She was arrested and charged on September 12 last year, after the cellphone was discovered inside the prison.

She was released on bail of N$500 on the same day.

Following her guilty plea on Monday, she was sentenced to a fine of N$1 000, or six months' imprisonment.

She paid the fine.


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