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N$3.5 billion tax fraud case postponed to 2020

N$3.5 billion tax fraud case postponed to 2020

VIDEO by Eba Kandovazu

Eba Kandovazu

PROSECUTOR General, Martha Imalwa, has until January next year to decide whether the suspects implicated in the N$3.5 billion tax fraud will be tried in the High Court or not.

The suspects, Jack Huang, Julius Laurentius, Zhihua Gua, Hongying Jia, Shuhua Cao, Dadi Li and Ying Zhang were informed that the Prosecutor General’s decision would require ample time because of the magnitude of the case.

“The matter involves quite voluminous documents that require proper analyzing, therefore the postponement cannot be made a final one,” State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba said.

Laurentius, a Mariental-based businessman, is the only Namibian involved in the matter. He is represented by prominent South African lawyer, Barry Roux.

Roux is famous for defending Oscar Pistorius’s murder case. He is also representing Malawian Prophet Bushiri, who faces fraud charges in South Africa.

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Pictures by Eba Kandovazu

Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa and her husband were also in the gallery to support Laurentius.

Two warrants of arrest were issued against two of the suspects who failed to show up in court. Gua apparently travelled to China and will only be back in Namibia on 10 July.

Jia, who resides in Oshikango, could also not make it, her lawyer told the court.

An application to lessen the bail money and to relax the bail conditions of some of the suspects will soon be brought forward by defense lawyers in the matter.