Conradie and Damases to go on trial in April 2015

WINDHOEK; Prominent lawyer Dirk Conradie and Sarah Damases, who were arrested in June 2012 on corruption charges, will go on trial in the High Court during April next year.

The two accused persons’ trial will begin on 16 April 2015 and is set to run until 15 May 2015.

Deputy Prosecutor-General Ed Marondedze revealed this when Conradie and Damases made another appearance before High Court Judge Elton Hoff during a pre-trial conference here on Thursday.

The prosecuting authority is also in the process of acquiring the services of a foreign judge to preside over this trial.

The date was decided upon as per agreement reached between the accused persons’ privately-instructed defence lawyer Slysken Makando and the prosecution’s representative, Marondedze.

The two accused persons are free on warning, and were again warned to appear before court on 16 April next year.

The duo was arrested in June 2012 by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on charges of corruption.

This was in connection with a N.dollars 60 million advertisement contract for Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), on whose board Conradie served as chairperson at the time.

Damases is accused of allegedly “conspiring with Conradie to commit an offence”.

ACC deputy director Erna van der Merwe earlier said he allegedly “corruptly solicited gratification as an inducement or reward for giving assistance or using his influence in the promotion or procurement of a contract with MTC for the provision of advertising services”.

Conradie has represented several people in high-profile court cases.

He also serves on various influential national positions and boards, including the Lands Tribunal.

SOURCE: NAMPA

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