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Cape Town - The embezzlement trial of former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown was postponed by the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.
The State and Brown's legal team spent almost an hour in talks in chambers after the court started.
Brown has pleaded not guilty to fraud, corruption and money-laundering charges. His legal team has denied that he ran a pyramid scheme and used investors' funds for personal gain. When the trial resumed, Brown was nowhere to be seen.
Judge Anton Veldhuizen was told he was outside smoking a cigarette. Brown rushed in five minutes later and apologised.
Veldhuizen asked: “Are your lungs okay, Mr Brown?” Brown laughed and replied that they were.
Veldhuizen postponed the trial until Thursday to allow more time for both parties to discuss the “same issues”.
On Tuesday, prosecutor Jannie van Vuuren said he had made a written offer to Brown's lawyers.
“I made a written offer in the past and it's still standing. I'm not keen to discuss the details, but there is movement,” he said.