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Bernhard Esau wins access to assets in High Court

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Bernhard Esau, the former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, has won a High Court case allowing him to access some of his assets that have been under a restraint order.

His lawyer, Florian Beukes, has confirmed the success to nbc News. 

The decision, handed down today, permits Esau to use these assets to cover his legal fees in the ongoing Fishrot case.

The assets had been previously restrained as part of the broader investigation into alleged corruption and bribery involving millions of dollars.

State opposes Nigel's review application of charges in Fishrot case

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Another legal battle has emerged at the High Court, tied to the infamous Fishrot scandal, as Nigel Van Wyk faces staunch opposition from the Prosecutor General in his attempt to seek review and overturn some charges against him.

These are racketeering, the acquisition of proceeds from unlawful activities, and money laundering.

Nigel Van Wyk contends that his alleged role in the scandal has been exaggerated and that the charges do not accurately reflect his actions or involvement.

Fishrot accused denied urgent application in High Court

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Former Minister of Justice Sakeus Shanghala, leveraging his extensive legal background, represented himself and his co-accused in the High Court before Judge Boas Usiku. 

It is highly unusual for an accused person to not only represent himself but also argue on behalf of others in a court of law. 

That being said, the court found the urgent application lacked the necessary urgency.

Judge Munsu to deliver ruling in Tamson Hatukulipi’s bail application

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High Court Judge David Munsu will deliver his ruling on whether he will entertain a bail application filed by Tamson Hatuikulipi, one of the men accused in the biggest fishing corruption scandal in Namibia, tomorrow.

The bail application was filed at the High Court based on new facts, Munsu heard on Tuesday.

High Court reviews seven judgements in May

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The High Court has undertaken a number of review judgements in May, setting aside convictions and sentences.

The reviews also led to reduced sentences and fines imposed by lower courts, an indication that Namibia's justice system is able to self-correct.

In line with Section 20 of the High Court Act, seven cases were taken on review by a two-member judge panel.

Most of the cases that went on review were related to drug-related trials.

Judgement on fishrot accused's frozen assets postponed to August

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The High Court has postponed the delivery of judgement in an application by individuals implicated in Namibia's largest fishing industry corruption scandal, known as the Fishrot scandal.

The applicants, including James Hatuikulipi and Tamson Hatuikulipi, sought the release of frozen assets to cover legal expenses in their defence against charges related to the scandal.

The applicants, represented by advocate Vas Soni, argued for the release of funds, citing the need for adequate legal representation. 

Fishrot accused's plea postponed

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In a firm decision by the High Court, Judge Moses Chinhengo has once again denied requests for postponement in the plea hearing of the individuals accused in the high-profile Fishrot case.

The accused, facing the court in Windhoek, are set to respond to 42 charges of fraud, corruption, and racketeering, marking a significant development in this ongoing legal saga.

Following yesterday's postponement, it was expected that the state would continue where it left off, putting the charges on the accused.

Court dismisses fishrot-accused application to delay start of trial

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Acting High Court Judge Moses Chinhengo has dismissed an application by Fishrot accused Sacky Shanghala and his co-accused to postpone their case for up to eight months.

Judge Chinhengo did not entertain Shanghala's application, ordering the former Justice Minister and his co-accused to enter a plea.

Chinhengo's ruling paved the way for the state to put the charges against the accused.

High Court tackles COVID-19 vaccine transparency case

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In a legal battle unfolding in the Windhoek High Court, the Health Defence League and several individuals are challenging the information and regulations surrounding the COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

The case, presided over by Judge Hosea Angula, ignites discussions about how vaccines are administered and the public's right to clear information.

The group bringing the case to court includes the Health Defence League and individuals such as Monika Ruppel, Manfred Jochen Försch, Werner Gertz, and Paul Du Plessis, represented by lawyer Richard Metcalfe.

Employees in tax refund scam left in the cold

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The hopes of a group of taxpayers who approached the High Court to temporarily stop the Namibia Revenue Agency from deducting money from their salaries have been dashed.

Close to 1,000 employees are believed to be involved in a tax refund scam running into millions of dollars.

The applicants wanted the High Court to temporarily stop deducting their funds and to pay back what had already been deducted.

The applicants also lodged a constitutional challenge over the validity of certain provisions of the Income Tax Act of 1981.