JASON Iyambo, the man who was caught redhanded attempting to bribe an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigating officer to gain access to the personal and business bank cards of two of the fishrot accused, will spend nine months in jail following a ruling today in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.
The 35-year-old businessman confessed to the charges, and pleaded guilty to claims that he attempted to pay the officer an amount of N$250 000 in exchange for the bank cards of James Hatuikulipi and Pius Mwatelula.
Iyambo was arrested in January this year and has been behind bars since.
Iyambo was today sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, of which 9 months were suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted on similar charges during that period.
He was charged alongside one Sakaria Kuutondokwa, a police reservist who pleaded not guilty to the charges.
During one of his appearances, Iyambo suggested that he be sentenced to a fine of N$50 000, but Magistrate Ivan Gawanab today said that direct imprisonment is inevitable in the matter, as the case has generated a lot of public interest.
His lawyer Kalundu Kamwi strongly argued that his client is a suitable candidate for a sentence of a fine.
He further argued that Iyambo is a first time offender and by pleading guilty showed remorse.
State Advocate Tangeni Iitula, however, argued that the only reason Iyambo pleaded guilty was because he was caught redhanded.
“He had no case. The writing was on the wall,” Magistrate Gawanab quoted the State Advocate.