The Namibian who will oversee Fifa's ethics hearing

By Frauke JensenBBC Sport, Namibia
Petrus Damaseb in court
Petrus Damaseb is the Judge President of the Namibian High Court and deputy chairman of the Fifa ethics committee

A senior Namibian judge will preside over Fifa's hearing into claims made about presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and vice-president Jack Warner.

Petrus Damaseb has experience at the highest level in law, government and football.

He is Judge President of the Namibian High Court and has held that role since December 2004.

He is also a former president of the Namibian Football Association.

Damaseb was born in the copper town of Tsumeb in 1962 and he spent his youth in Namibia before going into exile in 1978, at the height of the country's struggle for independence.

He started his professional training in the Zambian capital Lusaka and qualified as a magistrate there, before moving to the UK to develop his legal career.

He was training to be a barrister, but before qualifying he returned home in order to take part in Namibia's independence elections in 1989.

He spent seven years in government as a senior official, but left in 1997 to set-up his own law firm.

Seven years after that he was appointed as a permanent judge of the High Court of Namibia - and rose to Judge President just a few months later.

He has a reputation for plain speaking and for expecting diligence and punctuality from all those working in Namibia's legal system and is also a judge of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal.

Damaseb has been drafted in to lead the Fifa hearing because Claudio Sulser, the head of the ethics committee, shares Swiss nationality with bin Hammam's presidential rival, Sepp Blatter.