• All Share : 47879.45
    DOWN -0.47%
    Top 40 : 3795.47
    DOWN -1.26%
    Financial 15 : 14216.55
    UP 0.11%
    Industrial 25 : 57515.62
    DOWN -0.38%

  • ZAR/USD : 10.9320
    DOWN -0.38%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.5955
    UP 0.03%
    ZAR/EUR : 13.8540
    DOWN -0.19%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1011
    DOWN -0.24%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.6326
    UP 0.26%

  • Gold : 1230.5650
    DOWN -0.12%
    Platinum : 1248.5000
    DOWN -0.52%
    Silver : 17.2050
    UP 0.17%
    Palladium : 780.7500
    UP 0.48%
    Brent Crude Oil : 86.270
    DOWN -0.64%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by I-Net Bridge
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Fri Oct 24 18:09:03 SAST 2014

Fidentia case postponed

Sapa | 12 November, 2012 18:47
Former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown arrives at the Cape Town Magistrates Court with his lawyer, William Booth.
Image by: ESA ALEXANDER / © Sunday Times

The trial of former Fidentia chief executive Joseph Arthur Brown was postponed in the Western Cape High Court on Monday because his lawyer was absent from the proceedings.

Judge Anton Veldhuizen told Brown that he had received a telephone call from Brown's Johannesburg-based defence attorney June Marks, asking permission for her to be absent.

"I told her I cannot deal with the matter by telephone, and that she had to come to me in chambers first thing in the morning," Veldhuizen said.

Prosecutor Jannie van Vuuren SC told the court Marks had also asked him for permission to be absent.

Marks had told Van Vuuren she was handling the Brown case free of charge, and did not have funding for an unnecessary flight to Cape Town.

Van Vuuren said he told Marks that he could not give her permission because her presence was required.

Veldhuizen postponed the case to Tuesday, and said Marks had to be present.

"She must explain her situation in person, and we will take it from there."

Marks was also absent from proceedings at Brown's appearance last Tuesday.

Brown faces nine charges, four of fraud, two of corruption, two of theft and one of money laundering.

One of the fraud counts involves a R40 million pyramid investment scheme.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.