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No formal complaint against lawyers in Fishrot saga

No formal complaint against lawyers in Fishrot saga

Zorena Jantze

THE Law Society of Namibia (LSN) insists that no formal complaint has been lodged against lawyers that were recently exposed in a documentary on WikiLeaks’ fishrot files. 

 

In the documentary titled, “The Anatomy of a Bribe,” Al Jazeera news paints prominent Namibian lawyers Sisa Namandje and Sacky Kadhila Amoomo as ‘fixer lawyers’ who enable transactions between investors and influential politicians and businesspeople.

 

Dr. Meyer van den Berg, the chairperson of the LSN, however, noted that the law society does not condone any unlawful or illegal behaviour. 

 

Van den Berg further stated that the LSN further recognises that corrupt practices, money laundering and similar offences are serious offences and pose severe threats to the rule of law. He, however, added that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court.

 

 

“In light hereof, the LSN has received numerous requests for commentary on the matter known as the “Fishrot Scandal”, but so far, there has been no written complaint lodged with the LSN against any lawyer in connection with this matter. The Council of the LSN may launch an investigation into alleged unsatisfactory conduct by a legal practitioner either following a formal complaint, or out of the Council’s own motion, if the Council reasonably believes that any member is guilty of unsatisfactory conduct,” Van den Berg said. 

 

He stated that the LSN is therefore currently collecting further information and engaging other institutions to deliberate on the matter and to make a decide. 

 

LSN is a juristic body with various objects, including seeking the enhancement of the rule of law and the promotion of human rights; presenting the views of the legal profession; and furthering the development of law as an instrument of social engineering and social justice. 

 

In addition to the responsibilities set out above, the LSN is also responsible for maintaining and enhancing the standard of conduct and integrity of all members of the legal profession and encouraging and promoting efficiency in and responsibility in relation to the profession.

 

Commenting on the subject, Josefina Nghituwamata, Chief Public Relations Officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), stated that no new warrants of arrests have been issued.

 

She, however, added that several other people who were implicated in the allegations are yet to be approached and interrogated, but that it may lead to more arrests.

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