Ex-ministers to spend New Year in custody

Two former ministers and four others accused of taking bribes to offer fishing rights in Namibia’s biggest corruption scandal will spend the New Year in custody after a court dismissed their urgent release application on Friday.

Reuters reports that the six are accused of conspiring to receive 100 million Namibian dollars (e6.8 million dollars) in kickbacks from subsidiaries of Iceland’s biggest fishing company Samherji to secure quotas.

They sought to have the charges of fraud, laundering and tax evasion dismissed because of faulty process in their arrests, which they argued were unlawful and politically motivated.

“The Namibian constitution should not become subservient to the public as well as political pressures,” their lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi had argued at the…

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