Fishrot case transferred to High Court

Fishrot case transferred to High Court
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The Fishrot corruption case has been transferred to the High Court and the accused will make a pre-trial appearance on 22 April.
The accused, implicated in the corruption scandal, which allegedly involves bribes amounting to over N$150 million, reportedly paid by Samherji, one of Iceland’s largest fishing companies, in return for preferential access to Namibia’s fishing grounds.
The Prosecutor General has decided to charge Windhoek lawyer Maren de Klerk, who has been in South Africa since January, in the case.
The State plans to arrest two more suspects in connection with the corruption scandal in the next day or two, according to Deputy Prosecutor General, Ed Marondendze.
Accounts of De Klerk's law firm and a company he controlled were allegedly used to funnel N$75,6 million in quota fees meant for the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia to other beneficiaries.
Former Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernhardt Esau and his son-in-law Tamson Hatuikulipi, former Justice Minister Sacky Shanghala, Fishcor’s former chairperson James Hatuikulipi, former Investec Asset Management Client Manager Ricardo Gustavo, businessman Pius Mwatelulo have been awaiting trial since November 2019.
National Fishing Corporation Mike Nghipunya was arrested in February.
Marondendze says investigations have been concluded.