Ruling in Aupindi’s fraud case postponed till May

05 Mar 2018 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAR (NAMPA) - A ruling in the corruption trial of former Namibia Wildlife Reports (NWR) managing director Tobias Aupindi and his Italian business partner, Antonio di Savino, was on Monday delayed until May this year.
Magistrate Helvi Kauna Shilemba, who was scheduled to hand down the ruling in the matter, was unable to do so due to other official commitments.
The ruling will now be delivered on 30 May 2018 as per an agreement reached by Public Prosecutor Laura Ntelamo Mabuku and the two men’s defence lawyers - Richard Metcalfe and Louis du Pisani.
The businessmen appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Lüderitz Street on Monday before Magistrate Ndapewa Celma Amadhila, when their corruption case was remanded until May for the handing down of the verdict.
On 14 July 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal application by Aupindi for the recusal of 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 Shilemba.
The two men 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 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.