THE former Minister of Justice, Sacky Shanghala, former fisheries minister, Bernard Esau and four business men, who have been implicated in the notorious Fishrot scandal, appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate Court today and were granted leave to bring a formal bail application when they appear again tomorrow.
The coterie of politicians and businessman were brought to court in handcuffs under strict police guard and appeared before Magistrate Samuzala Samuzala. State prosecutor Rowan Van Wyk formally informed the six accused persons that they are charged with several counts of contravening sections of the Anti-Corruption Act as well as the Prevention Prevention of Organized Crime Act (POCA).
The six who were all arrested on Wednesday are the two former ministers, former Investec Asset Management Managing director James Hatuikulipi, businessman Tamson Fitty Hatuikulipi, Ricardo Gustavo and Pius Mwatelulo.
The suspects are implicated in the fisheries corruption scandal that includes embezzlement of fishing quotas to Samherji, an Icelandic multinational fishing company.
Esau and his co-accused received at least N$150 million dollars in kickback fees and the scheme is estimated to have cost Namibia as much as N$2, 5 billion in revenue.