1 February 2013

Namibia: Docket in Cocaine Trial Goes Missing

Windhoek — The trial in which three Tanzanian nationals stand accused of dealing in and possession of cocaine had to be postponed after prosecutor Taodago Gaweseb informed the court that he could not locate the docket.

The case was set to resume after laboratory results were obtained but will now only proceed on February 7.

Abeid Ally Muhongoro, Nasoro Omari Mtombo and Alawi Ali Zambarau were allegedly caught with cocaine on October 31 at the residence of Zambarau and allegedly tried to flush the cocaine down the toilet after the police raided the house. They are all out on bail of N$5 000 each.

During the bail application the court heard that Mtombo and Zambarau were preparing food at the residence of Zambarau when Muhongoro arrived and took out some 'stuff' from his pockets, which he placed on the table. He was busy putting the 'stuff' into smaller bags, when they heard a loud banging at the door.

The police entered the house and identified themselves as members of the Drug Law Enforcement Unit and indicated to the suspects that the 'stuff' was in fact cocaine. They were all arrested on the spot. Mtombo was in Namibia for barely two weeks on a two-month visitor's visa at the time of his arrest. Defence lawyer Christiaan Nambahu represents the three accused men.

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