Teko Trio fraud trial postponed to May 2018

27 Jul 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – The trial of the ‘Teko Trio’ arrested in 2009 for alleged fraud of over N.dollars 120 million at the Ministry of Finance, is set to begin in the High Court in May next year.
The two Namibians, Teckla Lameck and Jerobeam Mokaxwa and a Chinese man, Yang Fan, were on Thursday informed of their second trial date during a pre-trial conference of case management review.
This trial is set to start afresh before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on 14 May 2018, following an order by the Supreme Court last month that Acting High Court Judge Maphios Cheda be recused from presiding over the trial.
Liebenberg said Thursday the trial is scheduled to run until 22 June 2018.
On 19 June 2017, Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb, with Judges of Appeal Elton Hoff and Dave Smuts concurring, allowed the recusal of Cheda.
The matter was then sent back to the Windhoek High Court for their trial to start afresh before another judge.
Damaseb, in agreement with the other two judges, said the apprehension of bias by the appellants was that of reasonable individuals and that such apprehension was based on reasonable grounds.
On 14 November 2014, Cheda dismissed the trio’s application for his recusal after which the trios’ lawyer, Sisa Namandje, took the matter to the Supreme Court.
All three accused face 18 charges of fraud.
Lameck, a former Public Service Commission member; Mokaxwa, Lameck’s business partner in the Teko Trading company; and Yang have denied all charges of fraud with not guilty pleas at the beginning of the first trial in April 2014.
The two Namibians are free on bail of N.dollars 50 000 each, while Yang is free on bail of N.dollars 1 million.
They were arrested on 08 and 09 July 2009 by officials of the Anti-Corruption Commission in connection with a scam through which the Ministry of Finance bought security-scanning equipment from a Chinese company.
State Advocate Dominic Lisulo defends the prosecution's case.