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J Arthur Brown's bail bid resumes today

The convicted fraudster has also filed papers in the ConCourt to appeal his 15-year prison sentence.

FILE: Former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Convicted fraudster and former Fidentia boss, J Arthur Brown, is expected to resume his bid to secure bail in the Western Cape High Court today.

Brown is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence after the Supreme Court of Appeal last month set aside his previous sentence which included a R150,000 fine.

Brown originally faced 190 charges and was accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the widows and orphans of mineworkers, but was convicted on only two counts of fraud.

The initial sentence was handed down in the Western Cape High Court.

Brown has filed papers in the Constitutional Court to appeal his sentence, but in the meantime he wants to be released on bail.

Brown's lawyer brought an urgent bail application to the Western Cape High Court just before Christmas.

However the matter was postponed after Judge Thandazwa Ndita and the Prosecution raised concerns about whether the High Court had the jurisdiction to hear the application.

BROWN'S AFFIDAVIT

In his affidavit, Brown said the Bloemfontein court's decision to impose a harsher sentence constituted an infringement of his rights.

He also wants the highest court in the land to decide on the validity of the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision to allow and accept additional aggravating evidence, which the state and defence agreed would be excluded during his trial when he pleaded guilty.

The misappropriated funds were from investments for the Transport Education and Training Authority.

The remaining money was taken during Fidentia's takeover of the Mantadia Asset Trust Company.