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STATEMENT BY THE LSN ON THE “FISHROT SCANDAL”

13 December Update

Since the Fishrot matter came to the public attention a few weeks ago, the Law Society of
Namibia (LSN) has been in regular consultation with other regulatory bodies and institutions
to determine the extent of the allegations and the involvement of the members of the LSN.
The LSN has now formally commenced investigations into: (i) the trust accounts of
implicated legal practitioners; and (ii) the professional conduct of the legal practitioners
involved. Formal action will be taken against all legal practitioners who acted contrary to
the Legal Practitioners Act, 1995.



The Law Society of Namibia (LSN) is a juristic body with various objects, including:
(i) seeking the enhancement of the Rule of Law and the promotion of human rights;
(ii) presenting the views of the legal profession; and (iii) furthering the development of law
as an instrument of social engineering and social justice. The LSN does not condone any
unlawful or illegal behaviour. The LSN further recognises that corrupt practices, money
laundering and similar offences are serious offences and pose severe threats to the Rule of
Law. However, the LSN also appreciates that all persons are presumed innocent until proven
guilty by a competent court.

In addition to the responsibilities set out above, the LSN is also responsible for maintaining
and enhancing the standard of conduct and integrity of all members of the legal profession
and encouraging and promoting efficiency in and responsibility in relation to the profession.
In the light hereof, the LSN has received numerous requests for commentary on the matter
known as the “Fishrot Scandal”, but so far, there has been no written complaint lodged with
the LSN against any lawyer in connection with this matter.

The Council of the LSN may launch an investigation into alleged unsatisfactory conduct by a
legal practitioner either following a formal complaint, or out of the Council’s own motion, if
the Council reasonably believes that any member is guilty of unsatisfactory conduct. The
LSN is therefore currently collecting further information and engaging other institutions to
deliberate on the matter and make a decision in this regard.
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