|HIGH COURT FINES ACRES INTERNATIONAL MORE THAN M22 MILLION|
Justice Lehohla stressed that, corruption could cause political and economic unrest if efforts are not made to curb it. He said bribery is a component of corruption that brings new behavioural norms and cited greed as one of its sources. He expressed concern over what he said were negative remarks of officials of Acres Company after its conviction last month, that it is Acres' business and not of the Lesotho courts, and said they were contemptuous. He added that, the remarks did not show even a slightest sign of remorse. " The remarks do not show as to whether Acres has learned its lesson and would abstain from its bribing practise in future," the judge said.
Acres International is one of the multinational
construction companies that were engaged in the Lesotho Highlands Water
Scheme, and which are accused of having bribed Mr. Sole. Other companies
include Spies Batignolles and Larmeyer. The prosecutor was Mr. Guido
Penzhorn, while the defence counsel was Advocate Kemp Kemp. The former LHDA
Chief Executive Mr. Masupha Sole, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for
two counts of Fraud, and 11 counts of Bribery during the middle of the year.