Namandje in the spotlight after six ‘sharks’ caught in #fishrot net

In the latest fallout from the bribes-for-quotas scandal that has rocked the local fishing industry to the core, Namibia’s former justice minister Sacky Shanghala and deposed Fishcor chairman James Hatuikilipi are due back in court on Monday.

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Al Jazeera Investigations found that Sisa Namandje’s law firm was used a conduit for illicit payments.
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James Hatuikulipi, Esau and Shanghala at the courthouse in Windhoek on Friday. Photo: Namibian Sun
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The daily catch is hauled aboard one of Samherji’s trawlers in Namibian waters.
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Payments by Samherji to Erongo Customs and Clearing in 2014.

Tamson was said to be an intermediary for Esau.

Jóhannes says he delivered the cash to Tamson in a gym bag at the Hilton hotel in Windhoek.

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The key players investigated by undercover reporters in Al Jazeera Investigation’s ‘Anatomy of a Bribe’.

CAPTURING FISHCOR

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Caught in the net: ex-fisheries minister Bernhard Esau is now under arrest for fraud and bribery.

Esau then set about to change the law to increase his powers.

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Through a deal between Namibia and Angola, Samherji also obtained quotas in Namibian waters.

WEB OF SHELF COMPANIES

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“It’s 1.5 million for the [Swapo] party and 500 thousand for the Seaflower (Fishcor) quota”, Jóhannes replied.

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Partners: Samherji CEO Þorsteinn Már (centre) with the ‘the sharks’ quayside Walvis Bay.

THE GLOBAL MONEY LAUNDRY

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Extract of Erongo Customs and Clearance’s contract for consultancy services.
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Extract from 100s of Samherji’s bank transactions released by Wikileaks this week.

Samherji also transferred over N$52.7 million to Hatuikilipi’s shelf company, Tundavala Investment in Dubai.

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Further arrests may yet follow.

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