Windhoek: A Namibian senior intelligence officer facing US$1.1 million fraud charges has committed suicide but authorities suspect foul play, reports said.
According to an Africa Times report, Namibian authorities have since launched an investigation into the death of Paulus Tshilunga, the senior intelligence officer.
Tshilunga was a senior manager with the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS), and had worked as a spy since the country’s independence in 1990.
He was found dead in his vehicle with a single gunshot wound to the head.
According to Africa Times, while the death appears to be a suicide since the weapon used was his own gun, police have said they are not ruling out foul play.
Tshilunga’s corruption charges were tied to an alleged USD$1.1 million in money laundering, fraud and abuse of his office.
He was released on bail and expected to appear for a pre-trial hearing in October.
Source: Africa Times, Additional Reporting by AllNet Africa