Sun. Jan 17th, 2021

Bribery allegations over fishing rights rock Iceland and Namibia

‘Fishrot files’ lead to head of Samherji fishing company and Namibian ministers stepping down

Two Namibian government ministers have resigned and the boss of Iceland’s biggest fishing company has stepped aside amid a spiralling scandal over alleged bribes paid to officials in the southern African country in exchange for trawling rights.

Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, the CEO of the Icelandic fishing firm Samherji, and Namibia’s fisheries and justice ministers, Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala, are the first heads to roll following revelations this week of a vast corruption case.

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