Investigations into the Fishrot scandal case are far from complete for the setting of a trial date

Investigations into the Fishrot scandal case are far from complete for the setting of a trial date because only four countries out of nine involved in the investigations have responded and cooperated with Namibian authorities.

This was revealed by State Advocate Ed Marondedze at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday when the Fishrot accused appeared in court for the purpose of determining progress made into the case investigations.

The accused are former justice minister Sacky Shanghala, former fisheries minister Bernhard Esau, James Hatuikulipi, Tamson Hatuikulipi, Ricardo Gustavo, Pius Mwatelulo and Mike Nghipunya.

Marondedze said investigations started five months ago when the suspects were arrested, and this period of time is not sufficient for the State to finalise the investigations, given the magnitude of the case.

Therefore, the prosecution would need more time as the investigations are being conducted in several African countries, Europe and the United Arab Emirates – and some countries are not forthcoming.

Source: Namibia Press Agency