ONE of the suspected fraudsters in the massive N$3.5 billion tax fraud case involving big gun Jack Huang is seeking relief from the high court to have the charges against him reviewed and set aside.
Namibian businessperson Laurentius Julius wants the high court to review and set aside the Prosecutor General’s decision to prosecute him on the fraud and money laundering charges. Julius, who has since appointed prominent South African lawyer Barry Roux to represent him, is the only Namibian charged amongst a number of Chinese nationals for tax evasion of N$3.5 billion siphoned out of Namibia through his company, Extreme Customs clearing business.
The matter will return to court for a final decision by the PG next year January.
In his lawsuit, he is claiming that the initial charge sheet is in breach of sections of the Prevention of organised crime as it indicates that the said crimes were committed by a corporation or company, but now he is being held personally liable for having acted in an official capacity for such a corporation.
“The only corporation that could conceivably have committed an offense is Extreme Customs and I was and remain the Director of Extreme. Extreme did not acquire any of the monies in relation to the transactions and in so far as Extreme used, possessed or brought into or out of Namibia such money did so as an agent for its clients and not on its own stead,” Julius argues.
He further claims that his company could not have known what the source of the money from his clients was as it did not form part of the company’s duties to enquire into that.
The charges, he says, are badly formulated, vague and legally doubtful.
This matter has been postponed to February 2020 for a final decision by the PG.