21 January 2013

Namibia: Conradie Case Not Yet Ready

Windhoek — The Prosecutor General (PG) has not yet decided on how to proceed in the matter in which prominent Windhoek lawyer Advocate Dirk Conradie and Sarah Damases are facing charges of corruption.

The PG's decision was expected on January 18, but State Prosecutor Erich Naikaku informed the court on Friday that the decision will only be ready in four months' time.

Defence lawyer Mbushandje Ntinda, standing in for Sisa Namandje, said if the State is not yet ready after four months, the defence will oppose another postponement.

The matter was postponed to May 31 for the PG's decision. Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) agents arrested Conradie and Damases in June last year on allegations that the two solicited bribes in connection with a N$60 million advertisement contract for Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), on whose board Conradie serves as the chairperson. Damases has been charged with "conspiring with Conradie to commit an offence".

Information from the ACC at the time of their arrest indicated that Conradie "corruptly solicited a gratification as an inducement or reward for giving assistance or using his influence in the promotion or procurement of a contract with MTC for the provision of advertising services."

Magistrate Justine Asino presided, while Elia Shikongo of Shikongo Law Chambers represented Damases.

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