Communication has begun between Samherji and The Directorate of Tax Investigations in Iceland and the District Prosecutor, RÚV reports. The Icelandic fishing company will be ceasing operations in Namibia within a few months, sooner than previously stated. Samherji has been embroiled in a bribery scandal in the African country since last month.
Samherji’s acting CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson told RÚV today that the company had decided to cease operations in Namibia in 2017, but recently accelerated the final stages of that process. Björgólfur says that communication has been opened between the company and the Directorate of Tax Investigations in Iceland as well as the District Prosecutor.
The six Namibians who are suspected of fraud and money laundering in connection with the Samherji case appeared in court this afternoon where their charges were read to them. The Namibian reports that their charges include fraud and tax evasion as well as money laundering.