WINDHOEK: Police investigations into the alleged corruption case of prominent Windhoek-based lawyer Dirk Conradie and his former law partner’s ex-wife Sarah Damases, have been finalised.
This was revealed by Public Prosecutor Hendricks Tholiso when the two accused persons made another appearance before Magistrate Stanley Mwilima Tembwe in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
The matter was, thereafter, remanded until 18 January 2013, for a decision to be taken by the office of the Prosecutor-General (PG).
The postponement of the case was effected as per agreement reached by Public Prosecutor Tholiso and the accused persons’ defence lawyers of Sisa Namandje and Lot Haifidi.
“Police investigations into this matter are now finalised. The docket of this case will now be forwarded to the office of Prosecutor-General Olivia Ekandjo-Imalwa for a decision as from today,” said Public Prosecutor Tholiso, as he asked the court to remand the case.
Conradie and Damases were arrested in June this year by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on charges of corruption.
The duo was arrested in connection with a N.dollars 60 million advertisement contract for Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), on whose board Conradie served as the chairperson.
Damases is accused of allegedly “conspiring with Conradie to commit an offence”.
ACC Deputy Director, Erna van der Merwe earlier said Conradie allegedly “corruptly solicited gratification as an inducement or reward for giving assistance or using his influence in the promotion or procurement of a contract with MTC for the provision of advertising services”.
Conradie is one of Namibia’s most renowned lawyers, and has appeared in several high-profile court cases.
He also serves in various influential national positions and boards, including the Lands Tribunal.
The two are free on bail of N.dollars 30 000 each, which was also extended until their next court appearance.