Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Part of Daisy Loo’s frozen millions disappear

Daisy Loo and bank employees are under fresh investigations following the mysterious disappearance of a huge amount of money.
The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) are allegedly drafting criminal charges against Daisy Loo and the bank following the disappearance of about P6 million, which was allegedly the interest that accrued on the P24 million that was frozen as per court’s directive.
It is not clear how Daisy Loo got access to the frozen bank account.

It is alleged that Daisy Loo might be charged with theft while the bank could be charged with negligence.

“I am not aware of such allegations,” said Tymon Katlholo, the director of the DCEC.
Unoda Mack, who represents Daisy Loo, told The Sunday Standard that he also was not aware of the allegations.

Daisy Loo was recently slapped with a P120, 000 legal bill by the Attorney General following the case which was last year brought before Lobatse High Court judge, Steven Gaongalelwe, in which the company wanted the Directorate of Public Prosecution, the Botswana Police Service and Gaborone Magistrate Nehemiah Mguni to be held in contempt of Court for having helped in impounding a cheque that the High Court had ordered should be given to the company as per earlier ruling of Court of Appeal.

The company lost the application with costs.
After the failure in the High Court, Daisy Loo appealed to the Court of Appeal earlier this year. They lost the case again.

The Court of Appeal judges said that “even if contempt has been committed, it would seem that Court of Appeal should not adopt a prosecution role and then sit as both court of first and last resort and denying any person adjudged by it to be guilty of contempt a right to appeal its decision.”
The judges advised them that the route to take at this juncture would be to approach the High Court first on the matter before they could appeal to them.

After that they were ordered to pay the respondents in the matter, the Attorney General, as well as two South African advocates who were representing the Attorney General.

Keetshabe says that they are currently still working on the bill and added that he did not have a clue of what it would come to.

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