Trial of six people arrested in connection with fraud involving over N.dollars 71m put on hold

WINDHOEK: The trial of six people arrested in connection with fraud involving over N.dollars 71 million at AfriSam Cement in 2011, was today put on hold until Friday.

The trial was scheduled to begin today, but could not proceed because two of the accused persons – Calvin Bezuidenhout and his brother Gerhald Albertus Bezuidenhout – are yet to get a response from the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid on their applications for State-funded defence lawyers.

The trial of the six accused persons is set to run until 28 November 2014.

The group includes key suspect and former AfriSam employee Esmerelda Majiedt.

The other five suspects are Rundu businessman Daniel Batista de Jesus, Calvin Bezuidenhoudt, the latter’s brother Gerhard Bezuidenhoudt, Majiedt’s sister Louise Izaaks, as well as a former partner of Izaaks, James Wilson.

They were arrested in 2011 and 2012 and will altogether face 630 charges of fraud, theft and corruption, according to an earlier decision taken by the Office of Prosecutor-General Martha Ekandjo-Imalwa.

SOURCE: NAMPA

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