State: Arthur Brown does not deserve bail
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’.