Namandje says Kapia has already paid for his crime

Namandje says Kapia has already paid for his crime
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Sisa Namandje, the legal representative of former deputy minister of works, transport and communication, Paulus Kapia, has called on Judge Christie Liebenberg not to impose a prison sentence on Kapia, in mitigation of sentence in the Avid-Social Security Commission fraud case.
He said Kapia has already paid for his crime over the past 13 years since the commission of the Avid fraud. He has fallen from grace and was humbled by the trial as he lost all political positions he held at the time.
Kapia is part of the group of five people who were found guilty in connection with the Social Security Commission case where their company, Avid Investment Corporation, was tasked to invest N$30 million in early 2005.
However, most of the money disappeared through the fraudulent activities of the group.
The five people found guilty are; Kapia; Avid Investment administrative secretary Inez //Gases; former acting secretary general of the National Youth Council (NYC) Ralph Blaauw; his wife Sharon Blaauw, and Windhoek businessman and chief executive officer of Namangol Asset Management Company, Nico Josea.
Sharon Blaauw was found guilty of contravening the Companies Act of 2004 because she signed documents without reading them properly.
Namandje argued that the court should, therefore, consider an alternative punishment such as a wholly suspended sentence.
Namandje concluded his evidence in mitigation before lunch on Monday. The state did not lead any evidence in aggravation.
Next up in mitigation is //Gazes, accused number two.
The presentencing hearing of the Avid five had been delayed in the High Court when the state could not provide grounds for aggravation because there are no investigators assigned to the case any longer.
After being pressed by judge Christie Liebenberg on what information they want to put to court the state replied that it is about the accused bank statements and title deeds of properties.
The presentencing hearing continues Monday and Tuesday.