Prominent lawyers arrested on corruption charges to go on trial in High Court

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 today.

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) 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.