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The investigation resulted in the arrest of two Namibian cabinet ministers and four public officials, who remain in jail awaiting trial. The six now in prison include former Minister of Fisheries, Bernhard Esau, and former Minister of Justice, Sacky Shanghala, who were accused of corruption, fraud and tax evasion. The other suspects include Esau's son-in-law Tamson Hatuikulipi and his cousin James Hatuikulipi.
In the weeks following the film’s release, Namibian citizens protested throughout the country, calling for transparency and integrity in public offices. During elections held in Namibia since the release, the ruling SWAPO party has lost significant ground. In Iceland, hundreds of citizens protested outside the country’s parliament in sub-zero temperatures. Thorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, the CEO of Samherji, ‘stepped aside’ pending an internal investigation. The company’s activities are the subject of multiple criminal investigations in Iceland, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
In the Icelandic parliament, a representative said the “myth of Iceland’s innocence” had been lost. Norwegian authorities are also investigating DNB, the bank used by Samherji to transfer money into offshore accounts associated with senior political figures in Namibia.
25 Feb 2020