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Icelandic and Russian captains arrested as fishrot scandal deepens

Amid the unfolding bribery and money-laundering scandal that has rocked the local fishing industry, Icelandic captain Arngrimur Brynjolfsonn and Russian Yuri Festison were on Thursday arrested for fishing illegally some 200 nautical miles from the Namibian shoreline.

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Arngrimur Brynjolfsonn is described by Iceland’s state broadcaster as a ‘former Samherji vessel captain’
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Three Samherji vessels, including Heinaste, were spotted in shallow fishing grounds this week still catching.

FISHCOR IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Sackey Shangala, James Hatuikulipi and Tamson Hatuikulipi during a trip to Iceland.

FISHY TRANSACTIONS

‘CONSULTANCY PAYMENTS’

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Amounts paid to Tamson Hatuikulipi’s firm Erongo Clearance and Forwarding Services in 2014 total N$10 million.
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The agreement Tamson Hatuikulip and Samerhji’s agents.

THE WHISTLE-BLOWER

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Jóhannes Stefánsson

TAX HAVENS

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Bernhard Esau and Thorstein Má Baldvinsson, CEO of Samherji, at Tamson Hatuikulipi’s house in Windhoek.

ASKED TO PAY

“Then Aðalstein told me that whenever I had the opportunity to pay the minister of fisheries, I should pay the minister of fisheries. He somehow put it this way. I took it out in cash and let Tamson have it. Tamson was an intermediary in this. I did this twice.”

‘I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING’

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Related: How I bribed the minister to get fishing quota in Namibia

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