Bernard Esau denies all accusations of being involved in criminal and corrupt activities

Bernard Esau denies all accusations of being involved in criminal and corrupt activities

The bail application hearing of former Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernard Esau and his son-in-law Tamson Hatuikulipi started in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court today.
Bernard Essau and Tamson Hatuikulipi, have made a formal bail application after spending more than seven months in custody on corruption, fraud and money laundering charges.
Motivating the application in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court this morning, Defence lawyer Advocate Richard Metcalfe said, Esau is not part of a criminal syndicate and is not a flight risk. He also promised that Esau will not interfere in the investigations.
The former minister complained that the strict conditions in jail restrict him from meeting and consulting with his legal team to prepare for his defence.
Esau denied all accusations of being involved in criminal and corrupt activities including money laundering.
He also promised to hand over his passport and requested for a N$50 000 bail amount and his farm valued at N$20 million as a guarantee for his bail.
Advocate ED Marondedze is representing the state while Advocate Metcalfe is representing the accused.
The hearing continues tomorrow.