Judgement in Ex-NWR boss trial set for Tuesday

22 Jan 2018 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JAN (NAMPA) - A ruling in the corruption trial of former NWR Managing Director, Tobias Aupindi, and his Italian business partner, Antonio di Savino is expected to be made known here on Tuesday.
The two businessmen re-appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Luderitz Street on Monday morning before Magistrate Ndapewa Celma Amadhila when their alleged corruption case was remanded until Tuesday for the handing down of the verdict in the matter.
Magistrate Helvi Kauna Shilemba, who presides over the trial, is expected to deliver her judgement on Tuesday morning.
On 14 July last year, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal application by Aupindi for the recusal of Windhoek Magistrate Shilemba from presiding over the trial due to alleged bias.
As a result of the appeal’s dismissal, the matter was referred back to the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court for the criminal trial to be finalised, again before Magistrate Shilemba.
The two businesspersons are charged with allegedly providing false information to an Anti-Corruption Commission officer. It is further alleged that Di Savino paid N.dollars 50 000 for a swimming pool which was built at Aupindi’s home in Windhoek in return for tenders for the refurbishment of the NWR resorts in several parts of the country.
The pair had each already entered not guilty pleas at the start of their trial on 06 February 2012.
Aupindi and Di Savino are free on warnings.
Privately-instructed defence lawyers Richard Metcalfe and Louis du Pisani are representing the accused men.
Public Prosecutor Laura Ntelamo Mabuku appeared for the State.