State: Arthur Brown does not de­serve bail

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - LYNNETTE JOHNS and SAPA

EVEN though for­mer Fi­den­tia boss Arthur Brown is se­ques­trated he re­mains a flight risk, the West­ern Cape High Court heard yes­ter­day.

The State is ap­ply­ing for leave to ap­peal against a mag­is­trate’s de­ci­sion to grant R10 000 bail to Brown in Oc­to­ber last year. Brown was ar­rested in May and charged with fraud in the An­theru Trust case soon af­ter his wife and their chil­dren fled to Aus­tralia.

Brown is out on two sep­a­rate bail amounts of R1 mil­lion and R500 000.

Ad­vo­cate Craig Web­ster, for the State, said Brown re­mained a flight risk as he had no ma­te­rial ties to the coun­try and his fam­ily was out of the coun­try. He also faced pos­si­ble longterm im­pris­on­ment.

Web­ster told Judge Roger Cleaver and act­ing Judge Elias Ma­to­jane that Brown could not be kept un­der con­stant sur­veil­lance so noth­ing would stop him from leav­ing the coun­try.

Dirk Uijs, for Brown, said his client had al­ready been on bail for more than a year and had not fled.

He had com­plied with all bail con­di­tions and to in­car­cer­ate him would make it im­pos­si­ble for him to ad­e­quately pre­pare for trial.

Brown wanted to stay in South Africa and prove his in­no­cence, said Uijs.

Brown has launched an ap­pli­ca­tion to get an or­der di­rect­ing the State to try him “once and for all”.

Judge Cleaver re­served judge­ment.

RISK: Arthur Brown flee South Africa’.


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