Avid/SSC fraud suspects will testify in May 2016

WINDHOEK: Seven persons arrested in 2008 in connection with the N.dollars 30 million Avid Investment and Social Security Commission (SSC) fraud case will give evidence in their own defence in May next year.

The group is scheduled to start testifying in their own defence on 09 May 2016 and the hearing of their testimonies will run until 20 May.

This was decided upon as per agreement reached between the accused persons’ defence lawyers and the prosecution representatives when the suspected fraudsters made another appearance before presiding High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg yesterday.

The seven accused persons are former Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communication and Swapo Party politician Paulus Kapia; Avid Investment’s Administrative Secretary Inez //Gases; former Acting Secretary-General of the National Youth Council (NYC) Ralph Blaauw; his wife Sharon Blaauw; Labour Ministry official lawyer Otniel Podewiltz; retired Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Brigadier Mathias Shiweda, as well as Windhoek businessman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Namangol Asset Management Company Nico Josia.

All seven accused are charged separately on 11 counts, namely the main charge of fraud and alternative counts of theft; and corruption.

They each denied any involvement in the alleged fraud case.