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Corruption crackdown must ensure suspects' rights – judge

Publish date: 12 March 2018
Issue Number: 765
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: General

The chief corruption-busting force in Namibia has been found wanting in the way it handled an important search-and-seizure operation this year. Top officials of the anti-corruption commission said they should not be made to return the timber and trucks confiscated in the raid because they were investigating allegations that serious corruption was involved. But the High Court judge hearing the matter had other views. As Carmel Rickard observes in her A Matter of Justice column on the Legalbrief site, Judge Thomas Masuku, 'writing in his usual, distinctive style', found that because the commission had not observed the legal fundamentals that would protect the rights of anyone targeted by the commission, the process had been unlawful, and everything had to be returned.

A Matter of Justice