11 Jun 2018 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUN (NAMPA) Former Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Paulus Kapia, who was found guilty in the N.dollars 30 million Avid Investment fraud scandal, has spent about N.dollars 3 million in legal fees.
Sisa Namandje, Kapias privately-instructed defence lawyer informed High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg that his client has spent N.dollars 3 million over the past 13 year for the payment of his legal representation in connection with the fraud case.
Furthermore, Namandje said Kapia still owes an amount of about N.dollars 100 000 in legal fees.
Namandje revealed this on Monday when he placed Kapia's personal circumstances before court during the presentation of the evidence in mitigation of sentencing with respect to his client's conviction in the fraud scandal.
Judge Liebenberg last month found Kapia, 51, guilty on the main charge of fraud for his involvement and responsibility of getting the money out of the Social Security Commission (SSC) after the little-known, Avid Asset Management Company had secured the investment with the State-owned company.
Other convicts are Avid Investment Administrative Secretary, Inez //Gases; former Acting Secretary-General of the National Youth Council (NYC), Ralph Blaauw; his wife, Sharon Blaauw and Windhoek businessman and Chief Executive Officer of Namangol Asset Management Company, Nico Josea.
Kapia, //Gases and the Blaauw couple had their bail of N.dollars 10 000 each reinstated as per requests by their defence lawyers.
Josea remains in the Windhoek Central Correctional Facilitys holding cells after the court refused to entertain his request for the reinstatement of bail.
Petrie Theron appeared for //Gases, while Gilroy Kasper represented the Blaauws.
Slysken Makando appeared for Josea.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Ed Marondedze assisted by State advocates Cliff Lutibezi and Salomon Kanyemba appeared for the prosecution.
The presentation of mitigating evidence in respect of //Gases, the Blaauws and Josea is set for Tuesday.