Three-month break in Fishrot bail hearing

Tamson Hatuikulipi

The hearing of a third bail application by one of the men charged in the Fishrot fraud, corruption and racketeering case, Tamson ‘Fitty’ Hatuikulipi, is scheduled to continue in the Windhoek High Court from 20 August.

Hatuikulipi’s bail hearing was postponed by judge David Munsu on Friday, after Hatuikulipi concluded his evidence in chief in support of his application to be granted bail.

Hatuikulipi (43), who is the son-in-law of former minister of fisheries and marine resources Bernhard Esau, has been held in custody since his arrest near the end of November 2019.

A first bail application by Hatuikulipi and Esau, who is also charged in the Fishrot case, was turned down in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in July 2020.

A second bail application by Hatuikulipi was heard by Munsu in the Windhoek High Court from July 2022. That hearing ended in December 2022 with Munsu dismissing the application, which was based on alleged new facts.

Hatuikulipi’s third application to be granted bail is also based on alleged new facts, which according to Hatuikulipi came to light after his second bail application was dismissed.

The hearing is due to continue from 20 to 23 August.

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