THE conviction and sentence of two senior advocates who were flown in from South Africa to represent persons accused in the fisheries corruption scandal will stay as is.
Advocate Mike Hellens and Advocate Dawie Joubert were flown into the country by Fishrot accused James Hatuikulipi and Sakeus Shanghala to represent them when they made their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court at the end of November last year.
The two senior advocates were, however, arrested by members of the Namibian Police and Immigration Officers before the court could proceed because the advocates did not have the necessary work permits to perform their duties within the borders of Namibia.
Hellens and Joubert solicited the services of local senior advocate Esi Schimming-Chase and were afforded an urgent appearance before magistrate Venatius Alweendo a few hours after their arrest.
The high powered legal duo admitted guilt on two counts, that of conducting business in Namibia without a proper work permit and of furnishing false information to an immigration officer upon entering Namibia.
The duo was sentenced to pay fines of N$10 000 each and were barred from entering Namibia for purposes of performing work for five years.
They were also deported back to South Africa shortly after being convicted.
The duo recently lodged an appeal against the conviction and sentence in the Namibian High Court.
The appeal was dismissed by Court of Appeal judges Kobus Miller and Dinnah Usiku earlier on Friday.