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New Fishrot accused denied bail

New Fishrot accused denied bail

Marthina Mutanga

 

PHILLIPUS Mwapopi, 34, and Otniel Shuundifonya, 35 – the two additional men implicated in the Fishrot corruption scandal will spend Christmas in custody after they were denied bail during their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.

 

The two men were taken into custody after they handed themselves over to investigators of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the presence of their legal representative earlier on Monday.

 

The progress made with the investigation into the matter prompted Prosecutor General, Martha Imalwa, to direct that the two men must also be arrested and charged.

 

 

A third suspect, lawyer Marén De Klerk, who reportedly checked himself into a mental asylum in South Africa in January this year must still be arrested.

 

Extradition procedures in this regard have already began.

 

The arrest of the two men came about a week after Imalwa found that they are also liable for prosecution in the case that has been the subject of an ACC investigation since 2014.

 

The case against Mwapopi and Shuundifonya will be added to that of former justice minister, Sakeus Shanghala, the former fisheries minister, Benard Esau, former Investec Asset Management Managing Director, James Hatuikulipi, his colleague Ricardo Gustavo, Pius Mwatelulo, and former Fishcor CEO, Mike Nghipunya.

 

Their defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht confirmed that Mwapopi and Shuundifonya will be incarcerated at the Windhoek Correctional Facility until they make their next appearance in court on 22 April 2021.

 

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