17 January 2013

Tanzania: Hassanol's Case Adjourned

THE prosecution has not completed the investigations into an economic organized crime case involving seven people, including influential Simba member and Club's former Secretary General, Hassan Othman, alias Hassanol, a Dar es Salaam Court was told.

"We pray for another mention date pending further investigations into the case," State Attorney Aida Kisumo, pleaded with Resident Magistrate Agnes Mchome at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in the city. The magistrate granted the prosecution's request and adjourned the case to January 28, when it will be mentioned.

In the case, Hassanol, who is also the Chairman of Coast Region Football Association (CRFA) and his co-accused are facing three counts. Other accused are Ally Kimwanga, Dastan Mwanga, Godfrey Mwanga, John Mlai, Khalid Fazaldin and Lusekelo Mwakajila.

They are charged with conspiring between September 1 and November 20, 2012, in the city to commit an offence of conducting business of government trophies illegally. The prosecution alleges that within the same period in Dar es Salaam and Hong Kong, intentionally organized, managed, supervised and financed a criminal racket to carry the business of trophy dealing without licence.

It is alleged that the accused exported 569 pieces of elephant tasks weighing 1,330kg valued at 1,185,030,000 to Hong Kong. The accused, within the same period and place, unlawfully conducted the business without having any dealer's licence, the prosecution further alleged.

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