Former Ministers Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala both resigned following Al Jazeera’s investigation into Namibia’s corruption [YouTube/Facebook]

Six Namibian officials and businessmen suspected of involvement in a bribery and money-laundering scheme will remain in custody until February 20, a court in the capital, Windhoek, has said.

The decision on Monday came after their lawyers said they would abandon their bail application following their arrest last week, according to local media.

The six include former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau and former Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala, who were accused of corruption, fraud and tax evasion. The other suspects are Esau’s son-in-law Tamson Hatuikulipi; his cousin James Hatuikulipi; and businessmen Ricardo Gustavo and Pius Mwatelulo.

The group was arrested following an undercover investigation by Al Jazeera’s Investigative

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