Court packed for Fishrot accused's first appearance

Court packed for Fishrot accused's first appearance

The Windhoek Magistrate's Court is packed to capacity as family members, the public and the media await the appearance of those implicated in a massive fishing quota scandal that has shocked the nation.
The six, who were all arrested on Wednesday, include former Justice Minister Sacky Shanghala, former Fisheries Minister Bernhard Esau, former Investec manager James Hatuikulipi, businessman Fitty Hatuikulipi, Ricardo Gustavo and Pius Mwatelulo.
The six spent the night in police custody at Seeis. A large group of people interested in the case had been waiting outside court since 09h00 while many have so far been denied entry as the court is packed to capacity.
The accused are accused of irregularly benefitting from fishing quotas worth millions of dollars involving an Icelandic company Samherji.