Alexander Forbes fraud trial resumes

02 Mar 2015 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR(NAMPA) - The trial of six persons arrested in 2007 for allegedly trying to defraud Alexander Forbes of over N.dollars 3 million, resumes in the High Court here on Tuesday.
The trial was scheduled to continue before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Monday, but was ordered to stand down until Tuesday morning in order to allow the prosecution to again consult with State witness Solomon Mungendje before he continue with his evidence-in-chief.
The alleged fraud suspects are: Sharon Desiree Raman, 44, Hendrick Francisco Davis (age not given), Jan Johannes Jansen, 47, Jeremia Metaatu, 41, Iyambo Severen, 35, and 42-year-old Alta Norman Visser.
The case was today postponed as per agreement reached by prosecution representative, State Advocate Constance Moyo and the six accused personsÂ’ State-funded defence lawyers.
The group has denied any involvement in the alleged fraud scam when they each entered a plea of not guilty at the start of their trial that kicked off before High Court Judge Ndauendapo here on 28 November 2011.
Each of the six accused persons also at that time handed in a written statement containing a pleas of not guilty and completely distanced themselves from having taken part in the alleged fraud scam that led Namibia's biggest independent pension fund administrator to losing millions of Namibian dollars.
According to the evidence contained in the indictment, the six accused persons are facing about 165 main charges of fraud and various alternative charges in that they had allegedly defrauded Alexander Forbes of about N.dollars 3.3 million between 2005 and 2007.
Five of the accused persons are free on bail of between N.dollars 10 000 and N.dollars 25 000 each, except Alta Norman Visser who is free on a bail of N.dollars 5 000.
Their bail was granted in 2008 with stringent bail conditions in that they had to hand over all traveling documents to the police's investigating team. They also have to report themselves to the Windhoek Police Station twice a week on Mondays and Fridays between 17h00 and 19h00.
The six accused persons are represented by State-sponsored defence lawyers, comprising of attorney Jan Wessels, Johan van Vuuren, Werner Boesak and Titus Mbaeva on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
They were all arrested in 2007 by a combined team of City Police and members of the Namibian Police's Serious Crime Unit.