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Man gets jail for bribery attempt

- Maria Amakali

One of the three men accused of working together to attempt to bribe an AntiCorrup­tion Commission (ACC) investigat­or to steal evidence in the Fishrot case, was sentenced to serve nine months’ imprisonme­nt yesterday by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.

Jason Iyambo (35) was initially sentenced to 18 months in prison, but nine months were suspended for a period of five years on condition he is not convicted on a charge of attempting to defeat the course of justice during the period of suspension.

On 10 November, Iyambo pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to defeat the course of justice and was consequent­ly convicted on that admission.

The court, however, discharged him on the count of corruptly giving gratificat­ion as an inducement due to lack of evidence.

Handing down judgement, magistrate Ivan Gawanab said the court took into account that Iyambo did not waste the court’s time and pleaded guilty.

Furthermor­e, he showed remorse for his actions.

“The court will acknowledg­e the fact that the accused pleaded guilty as a mitigation factor. The remorse expressed by the accused is similarly accepted by this court, as it was done under oath and was subjected to cross-examinatio­n,” said Gawanab.

Iyambo was scheduled to go on trial on 17 May 2021 alongside former Investec Asset Management Namibia managing director James Hatuikulip­i and police reservist

Sakaria Kuutondokw­a Kokule.

The latter two are expected to be tried on charges of corruptly giving gratificat­ion as an inducement, bribery or alternativ­ely improperly influencin­g an authorised officer and defeating or obstructin­g the

course of justice.

The charges that Hatuikulip­i and his co-accused are facing derive from them allegedly attempting to tamper with ongoing investigat­ions into the N$130 million bribery case.

It is alleged that Iyambo and Kokule worked in cahoots to attain two Investec banking cards issued to Hatuikulip­i, who is in police custody.

The two men also wanted one Bank Windhoek card for Omvindi Investment CC issued out to Fishrot accused Pius Mwatelulo.

In addition, the men required another Bank Windhoek card issued to Mwatelulo for Otuafika Logistics and a document titled ‘Total Allocation’ from the ACC.

The two men allegedly promised the investigat­ing officer N$250 000 for the bank cards and documents.

However, the investigat­ing officer went to his superiors at the ACC and reported the bribery attempt.

The incident allegedly took place on 20 January this year.


 ?? Photo: Nampa ?? Remorseful… Corruption convict Jason Iyambo.
Photo: Nampa Remorseful… Corruption convict Jason Iyambo.

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