Jeannette Harksen told to be in court… or else

JEANNETTE Harksen, wife of fugitive German businessman Jurgen

Harksen, has been given an ultimatum to appear at an insolvency

inquiry this week.

”We told her we want her there on Friday morning,” one of the

trustees of her husband’s estate, Eileen Fay, said on Wednesday

night.

”If she does not agree to come voluntarily, we will fetch her.”

Mrs Harksen did not turn up at the inquiry, being held at the

Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, earlier this week.

Instead, she sent a doctor’s note saying she was being treated

for depression in Cape Town’s Crescent Clinic.

Magistrate Nigel Jones, who is presiding over the hearing,

issued a warrant for her arrest — which has not yet been executed.

The Harksens’ lawyer Paul Katzeff told Sapa earlier that Mrs

Harksen was still in the clinic, and that she would appear before

the inquiry ”at some stage”.

Harsken himself, who is being held in jail, appeared on Tuesday.

He will be a step closer to knowing his fate on Thursday when

Justice Minister Penuell Maduna returns to South Africa from an

overseas trip.

Maduna must decide whether to extradite Harksen to Germany,

where he is wanted on a string of tax evasion and fraud charges.

Harksen was being probed in South Africa for embezzlement, and

it was reported on Wednesday that the trustees of his estate also

wanted him to be kept in this country.

The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court ordered the extradition last

week. The order needs Maduna’s signature before it can be carried

out.

In recent years Harksen has on technical grounds successfully

appealed two similar orders, but last week he in fact consented to

extradition.

Maduna’s representative Paul Setsetse said on Wednesday that the

minister would return on Thursday morning from a trip to Spain.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka had

indicated he would like to consult the minister on the issue before

any decision was taken.

”We hope that we will finalise this whole issue soonest,” he

said. – Sapa

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