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WINDHOEK - Two Namibians and a Chinese man will appear in court to face corruption charges over a deal to buy security scanners from a firm linked to the son of China's president, officials said yesterday.
China's state-owned Nuctech has a Namibian government contract to supply security scanning equipment in a R431,6million deal, paid for with a Chinese loan granted when President Hu Jintao visited the country in 2007.
Hu's eldest son, 38-year-old Hu Haifeng, was president of Nuctech until last year, when he was promoted to party secretary of Tsinghua Holdings, which controls Nuctech and more than 20 other companies.
The three, including Chinese Nuctech representative for Africa Yang Fan, will appear before a judge in the high court (today) to apply for bail.
Yang and Namibians Teckla Lameck and Jerobeam Mokaxwa were arrested after it was discovered that a about R1008,67 million down payment on 13 scanners had been paid to Teko Trading. Teko is owned equally by Lameck and Mokaxwa, and the money was purportedly for consulting fees. - Sapa-AFP