SA legal collaboration with US challenged


SA legal collaboration with US challenged

The Western Cape High Court is set to examine the constitutionality of a collaboration between South African and US prosecutors in criminal cases spanning more than a decade.

The cases flowed from a series of criminal and civil proceedings against Arnold Bengis and his company, Hout Bay Fishing, which collapsed in the wake of the double-barrelled prosecution that began in 2001. The cases related to over-fishing and sanctions- busting and made world headlines when Bengis  entered a plea and sentence agreement with the South African government.

Now Bengis is seeking compensation from the South African government, the ministers of Justice and Fisheries, as well as various officials.

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Keywords:
Arnold Bengis
Hout Bay Fishing
Bruce Morrison
Adrian Mopp
Sanctions Busting
United States
Plea Bargain
Criminal
Prosecution
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