Lawyer Conradie's alleged corruption trial delayed

17 Apr 2015 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 APR (NAMPA) - The trial of prominent local lawyer Dirk Conradie and co-accused Sarah Damases, who were arrested in June 2012 on corruption charges, has been put on hold until Monday next week.
Acting High Court Judge Thomas Masuku postponed the trial on Friday as requested by the two accused parsons' defence lawyer, Slysken Makando.
Makando asked for a postponement to allow South African senior counsel, Vas Soni who will be leading their defence team, to obtain a Namibian visa which was expected to be issued to him only today (Friday) by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.
Meanwhile, prosecution representative, Deputy Prosecutor-General Ed Marondedze was not happy with the postponement of the case, as he was ready to proceed with the trial.
The trial is set to run until 15 May 2015.
The two accused persons are free on a warning and they were again today warned to appear before court on Monday next week.
Conradie and Damases were arrested by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on charges of corruption in connection with a N.dollars 60 million-advertisement contract for Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), on whose board Conradie served as chairperson at the time.
Damases is accused of allegedly “conspiring with Conradie to commit an offence”.
ACC deputy director Erna van der Merwe earlier said Conradie allegedly “corruptly solicited 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”.
Conradie had represented several people in high-profile court cases in Namibia.
He also serves on various influential national positions and boards, including the Lands Tribunal.