The prosecution in the case in which China Civil Engineering is alleged to have tried to influence the Permanent Secretary in The Ministry Of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Carter Morupisi, with a P250 000 bribe has asked for a postponement of the trial.
“Investigations are still ongoing and we are waiting for hand writing analysis statement,” said State Prosecutor, Merapelo Mokgosi.
She also asked for time to amend the charge sheet to include a charge involving a second official that the company is alleged to have tried to bribe.’
The Village Magistrate, Mokibe Oahile, ordered the prosecution to prepare and serve the defense┬áwith the necessary documents to prevent further unnecessary delays.
China Civil Engineering Company is charged with corruption for trying to influence a civil servant, Itumeleng Phuthego, for corruptly trying to influence him by allegedly giving him P20 000 and also Xiaoming Wang, Xiaoxiang Qui and China Civil Engineering for trying to influence the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology with a sum of P250, 000 in March 2011.
On a previous hearing, Bayford made applications for Xiaoming Wang to be given back his travelling document to visit China and will be back on the 22 May for mention. The accused handed over bonded property valued at more than P3 million as one of the bail conditions.
The property belongs to China Civil Engineering and is located at Plot Number 612, Tlokweng, and the Title Deed has been handed over to the state until he comes back.
┬áThe Company and the three Chinese nationals, Xiaoming Wang, Xiaoxiang Qui and Liu Wengsheng, are represented by Dick Bayford while China Civil Engineering is represented by Unoda Mack and Isaac Seloko.
The case has been postponed to 22 May 2012.