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Chinese suspect granted bail in Namibia graft case

by Staff Writers
Windhoek (AFP) Oct 22, 2010
A Namibian court Friday granted bail to a Chinese man who is charged with two locals in a graft probe involving a firm linked to President Hu Jintao's son.

"Pending on the payment of one million Namibia dollars (144,000 US dollars, 103,000 euros), this court grants the bail application of the accused Yang Fan according to conditions agreed on between the state and his lawyer," high court judge Alfred Sibuleka said.

Once out on bail Yang may reside at the coastal town of Walvis Bay, 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Windhoek, where Yang's lawyers are based, the judge said.

He will have to report to that town's police station three times per week, and the court has confiscated his passport.

Yang has spent 15 months in a prison cell, but his lawyer Richard Metcalfe said the bail could be posted within three days.

The two Namibian suspects are already out on bail.

The three were arrested in July 2009 as part of a probe into bribery allegations involving Nuctech, a company headed until 2008 by President Hu's son, Hu Haifeng.

They were arrested after the southern African state's Anti-Corruption Commission discovered that a 12.8 million US dollar down payment on 13 security scanners had been diverted to a firm called Teko Trading.

Teko's assets are now frozen. The two Namibian suspects, Teckla Lameck and Jerobeam Mokaxwa of Teko Trading, each got bail of 50,000 Namibian dollars.

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