J Arthur Brown appeared in the Cape Town regional court on Thursday morning. Brown faces nine charges of fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering related to Fidentia and six affected companies. Picture: Steve Eggington
Cape Town - The embezzlement trial of former Fidentia boss J
Arthur Brown was postponed by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.
Judge Anton Veldhuizen ordered Brown to be back in court on
Monday to finalise the appointment of his Legal Aid lawyer Braganza Pretorius.
The State is expected to call its next witness on Tuesday.
Brown is on trial for allegedly running a pyramid scheme and
using investors' funds for his personal gain.
He has pleaded not guilty to four counts of fraud, two of
corruption, one of money-laundering and two of theft.
His trial was originally set down to start on January 31,
2011, but has been dogged by delays because of frequent changes in his legal
Brown fired Pretorius earlier in the case and hired lawyer
June Marks. A short while later, Marks said she could not continue without
being paid and she withdrew from the case in November.
Brown has since represented himself, pending a Legal Aid
Veldhuizen ordered a running record, so that if the Legal
Aid Board agreed to re-appoint Pretorius, he would have access to a transcript.
Pretorius sat in front of a well-dressed Brown on Thursday
and told Veldhuizen all the remaining documentation would be filed with the
board on Friday.
Veldhuizen warned all parties to use the postponement
"Don't rest on your laurels in the meantime. Let's go
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