Tuesday, July 5, 2022

‘Money was payment for legal work undertaken’ ÔÇô lawyer

Maun-based lawyer, Charles Tlagae, recently told Maun Chief Magistrate Mompati Taolo that P60,000 he got from his co-accused, Nicky Masheko, who is currently serving a five-year jail sentence for car theft, was divided into P30,000 legal fees while the other P30,000 was a present from Gerhard Visser, who was his friend.

Tlagae said this when giving evidence in a case in which he and Masheko are facing charges of having fraudulently obtained the sum of P600,000 from Jacobus Stadler by falsely representing that they were selling to him a farm in Ngamiland when they knew the representation to be false as the farm did not exist as it was never allocated to anyone.

Tlagae said Masheko’s P30, 000 was payment he was making to him for having carried out legal work for him and his father, Nicolas Sypros, in the years he practised in Maun. He strongly denied that it was his part of the money fraudulently obtained from Stadler, a South African farmer.

State prosecutor Merapelo Mokgosi then put it to Tlagae that he was just trying to disassociate himself from the crime as he has always been part of the commission of the crime as he had prepared documents for P290,000 payment and taken pains to follow the bank Manager to Maun airport to have him authorize the payment. Tlagae denied this.

His co-accused Masheko also denied any wrong doing saying what he got from an accomplice witness, Wetu Tshenyo, was payment due to him as his agent. He also told the Court that he had never at any stage claimed that the cheque that was cashed was his.

Earlier on, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime Acting Deputy Director of Operations, Ugen Wasetso, appeared in Court on behalf of the DCEC Director, Rose Seretse.

Seretse, had been ordered to appear in Court by Magistrate Taolo to give evidence on whether they were on-going investigations on their officer, Louis Mudungo.

Wasetso, however, told the Court that the investigations had nothing to do with the corruption case and that it was an administrative investigation.

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