By Amanda Xoagus – Windhoek, Namibia, Saturday, August 15, 2020.
The wrath of the law has finally caught up with a Walvis Bay businessman, Luther Mostert, 39 who has been investigated by the Namibian police on fraud and tax evasion since December 2018.
Mostert who is managing the Walvis Bay ship Chandlers, a company that supplies bonded items to vessels calling at the port at Walvis Bay, has been under the police radar for diverting chicken worth N$7.5 million to Namibia between December 2018 and January 2019.
The chicken was destined for South Africa from Brazil but was diverted to Namibia by Mostert after he presented fake documents to customs and excise officers and lied about the origin of the chicken.
Crime coordinator for the Erongo region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu last week said that Mostert falsely stated that the chicken was being imported for South Africa while it was coming from Brazil.
“As a result, no customs and anti-dumping duties were paid on the chicken imports which were illegally sold to Namibians,” Iikuyu said.
Meanwhile Mostert appeared on Friday in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s court where he was granted N$140 000 bail by magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis. His case was postponed to 28 October for further investigations.