Ruling in Aupindi's fraud trial set for October

30 May 2018 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAY (NAMPA) – A ruling in the corruption trial of former Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) managing director, Tobias Aupindi and his Italian business partner, Antonio di Savino, will be made public in October.
Magistrate Helvi Kauna Shilemba, who is presiding over the alleged fraud trial, is now scheduled to hand down the judgment in the matter on 24 October 2018 in the Magistrate’s Court here.
It will be delivered on that date as per an agreement reached by Public Prosecutor Ben Bertolini and the two men’s defence lawyers - Richard Metcalfe and Louis du Pisani - in court on Wednesday.
The businessmen appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Celma Ndapewa Amadhila, when their corruption case was remanded until October 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 entered not guilty pleas at the start of their trial on 06 February 2012.
Aupindi and Di Savino are free on warnings.