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Fidentia trial on hold

2012-11-14 16:45

Cape Town - The trial of former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown was postponed again in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Judge Anton Veldhuisen said "this matter has been postponed umpteen times", but he was adamant that the case would continue on Monday, November 19.

The matter has been dogged by delays, as Brown has frequently changed his legal representation.

On Monday, he will represent himself.

He plans to bring two applications before the court. One is a bid to be granted more documentary evidence by the State, the other is an objection to the charges.

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 R40m pyramid investment scheme.

Veldhuisen has ordered a running record, so that if the Legal Aid Board agrees to re-appoint advocate Braganza Pretorius, he will have access to a transcript.

Brown fired Pretorius earlier in the case. Veldhuisen warned Brown to be "fully prepared" to argue his two applications on Monday.

Outside court, Brown told reporters: "This is a financial services matter and not all financial transactions have been given to us. These financial records will prove if I'm guilty or innocent."