16 April 2013

Namibia: ODC Suspects to Be Prosecuted in SA

PROSECUTOR General Martha Imalwa says South African residents involved in the disappearance of N$100 million from the Offshore Development Company will be tried in that country soon.

Imalwa yesterday told a media briefing that an agreement was reached between her office and the National Prosecution Authority of South Africa.

She said an official from her office would be sent to form part of the prosecuting team in South Africa.

Imalwa said her office was unable to extradite those living in South Africa, because that country does not allow people who are subjects of criminal investigations, part of a criminal trial or serving sentences to be extradited.

She said those suspects the Namibian authorities are seeking to extradite all fall under the above categories.

Apart from South Africa, there are also suspects living in two other countries. Imalwa refused to give more details, claiming that such information would jeopardise their investigations. Previous media reports stated that some of the people involved were living in Botswana.

Imalwa said about N$57,5 million is still outstanding, while N$42 million has been recovered.

About N$20,6 million of that was recovered from Phillip A Fourie after the South African Prosecution Authority liquidated his assets. Fourie was the South African director of Great Triangle, the company which fleeced the ODC of N$100 million in 2005.

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