B1 City fraud finally applied for State-funded lawyer
20 Feb 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) - One of three businesspeople arrested in connection with fraud and other charges surrounding the B1 City property development project, has now sought the assistance of State-funded legal representation.
Hafeni Nghinamwaami was left without a lawyer last month following the withdrawal of his privately-instructed defence lawyer, Lucious Murorua, from the case after the accused could not raise the needed funds for the payment of his legal representation.
Nghinamwaami informed High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review on Monday morning that he has already applied to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for a government-sponsored lawyer to defend him during future court proceedings and trial proper.
Nghinamwaami is charged alongside Anna Ndoroma and former Roads Contractor Company (RCC) Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Nghixulifwa.
Advocate Louis Botes and lawyer Silas Kishi-Shakumu are representing Nghixulifwa and Ndoroma.
State Advocate Simba Nduna appeared for the State.
The trio faces eight main charges including corruption, fraud, theft, and money laundering.
These charges stem from the RCCs involvement in the B1 City property development project opposite the Katutura State Hospital during 2005 and 2006.
It is alleged that Nghixulifwa was a shareholder in both /Ae //Gams Engineering and Cradle Investments, but apparently concealed his stake in the two companies by having his shares held in Ndoromas name.
The RCC Board of Directors was allegedly kept in the dark about Nghixulifwas stake in /Ae //Gams Engineering, in which Nghinamwaami and Ndoroma were allegedly also shareholders.
The trio is free on bail of N.dollars 60 000 each.