De Kock 'will be killed' if he goes to Namibia: PM

Prime Minister Hage Geingob denied on Monday that a delegation of the ruling Swapo party visited former apartheid assassin Eugene de Kock in prison to offer him an opportunity to live in Namibia.

"If De Kock comes to Namibia he will be killed," Geingob said on the sidelines of a press conference, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"No Swapo members visited him in prison, and if he comes here, he comes at his own risk. He drowned Namibians in the Atlantic Ocean [during

Namibia's liberation struggle]," Geingob said.

He made reference to several hundred Namibian freedom fighters captured by apartheid South Africa who were put in small aeroplanes, injected with a sedative and then thrown out of the planes into the ocean off the Namibian coast.

De Kock was granted parole on Friday.

The Sunday Times reported that Namibia's South West Africa People's Organisation (Swapo) visited De Kock while he was still in prison and offered to allow him to stay on an isolated piece of land in the Okavango.

The offer was apparently mentioned in a report used for his parole application.

De Kock was responsible for the killing of hundreds of Swapo soldiers during their independence struggle.

The former police colonel was serving two life sentences for six murders, plus 212 years for other crimes.

In 1997/98, he testified before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission about details of the kidnapping, torture and murder of anti-apartheid activists at the farm Vlakplaas in an attempt to get amnesty.

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