Italian Without Valid Work Permit Fined

THE Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court yesterday slapped an Italian man with a N$6 000 fine or 15 months imprisonment for working in Namibia without a valid permit at Salini SpA.

Mario Corbelli (58) pleaded guilty to contravening the Immigration Control Act following his arrest during a raid at Salini SpA offices last Wednesday.

Salini SpA is an Italian company that government awarded the contract to build the Neckartal dam near Keetmanshoop.

Corbelli admitted that he worked for Salini SpA after entering the country on a visitor’s visa that expires on 23 August, and had only applied for a work visa on 28 July.

In mitigation of sentence, defence counsel Gerrit van den Heever of Lentin, Bothma amp Van den Heever submitted that Corbelli was a first offender, who cooperated with the immigration officials.

Van den Heever noted that Corbelli had applied for a work permit, and will make arrangements with immigration officials to leave the country. He also requested the court to consider a fine of N$4 000.

Public prosecutor Emma Mayavero argued that Corbelli showed ‘disrespect’ for the laws of Namibia by taking up employment knowing that he had entered the country on a visitor’s visa.

“This cannot be condoned. It is expected from visitors to comply with the country’s laws. That is the least the accused person could have done,” said Mayavero.

Mayavero requested the court to impose a fine of N$6 000 or 12 months imprisonment.

Magistrate Jo-rina Ilse Jagger said the laws of the country are not there for “decorative purposes” and need to be complied with strictly.

“The accused had showed that he did not have any regard for the laws of the country,” Jagger remarked.

Source : The Namibian