No movement on De Klerk extradition

15 January 2021 | Justice

OGONE TLHAGE



WINDHOEK

The justice ministry is yet to receive instructions to move forward with plans to extradite Fishrot-implicated lawyer, Maren de Klerk, back to Namibia.

De Klerk is the one-time lawyer of former justice minister Sacky Shanghala.

He had also at one stage been questioned by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), but had gone to South Africa and is yet to return.

Legal advisor in the ministry of justice, Lennon Limbo, told Namibian Sun that a request to set things in motion for De Klerk’s extradition had yet to be effected by either the Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG) or the Namibian police.

ACC boss Paulus Noa said his office was not in a position to ask for De Klerk’s extradition back to Namibia.

Meanwhile, PG Martha Imalwa told Namibian Sun last year that efforts to get De Klerk back would be set in motion.

“We will follow procedures as laid down. We are in the process of filing an extradition request,” she said when approached for comment at the time.

As it stands

De Klerk is set to be charged for his involvement in the corruption scandal for his reported role in facilitating the transfer of N$50 million in alleged bribes through the trust account of his now defunct law firm, DHC Incorporated.

The money was in turn allegedly paid to the men implicated in the scandal.

Pre-trial for the matter in which N$75.6 million was transferred from fishing parastatal Fishcor through DHC Incorporated’s trust fund will start on 22 April, while the Nangomar case – which allegedly saw N$103 million paid over - was postponed to 5 February for the PG’s decision.

Shanghala, former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau, the Hatuikulipi cousins Tamson and James, Pius Mwatelulo and Ricardo Gustavo have been in jail since their arrest in November 2019. Meanwhile, former Fishcor CEO Mike Nghipunya was arrested in last February. The men face charges of money laundering.

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