13 December 2012

Tanzania: High Court to Hear Hassanol's Bail Plea On Thursday

THE High Court in Dar es Salaam is on Thursday set to hear bail application of influential Simba SC member Hassan Othman 'Hassanol' in a case that he and five others are charged of sabotaging the economy.

'Hassanol' submitted a certificate of bail application at the High Court in Dar es Salaam on November 27, through defence counsel, Richard Rweyongeza.

The application will be heard by Judge Zainab Mruke. Hassanol and five others were brought before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam last month, allegedly for exporting 1.2bn/- worth of government trophies, which were recently seized in Hong Kong.

Apart from the former Simba Assistant Secretary General, who is currently the Chairman of the Coast Regional Football Association (COREFA), other defendants are Ally Kimwaga, Dastan Mwanga, Godfrey Mwanga, John Mlay and Khalid Fazaldin.

The defence attorney submitted the application at the High Court because the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court has no jurisdiction to hear and determine the case until it secures a go ahead from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

It is alleged that between September 1 and November 20 this year, the defendants conspired and were illegally involved in elephant tusks business. It is further alleged that between the same dates the accused persons conspired to illegally export 1.2bn/- worth of 569 pieces of unpolished ivory tusks weighing about 1,330 kilogrammes to Hong Kong from Dar es Salaam.

In the third count, prosecution alleged that without the require licence, and while knowing it was against the law to be to found in possession of government trophies, the accused persons conspired to export the ivory tusks to Hong Kong. Prosecution informed the court that the investigation into the case is incomplete, the accused persons were remanded in custody.

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