18 February 2013

Namibia: Lab Report Delays Cocaine Trial

Windhoek — The three Tanzanian nationals charged with dealing in, alternatively possession of cocaine and obstructing or defeating the cause of justice will now only continue on April 26, after Prosecutor, Taodago Gaweseb, told the court that the laboratory results are still outstanding.

The case was set down for the tracing of a missing docket after it was not found during the previous hearing. The laboratory results will confirm whether or not the substance Abeid Ally Muhongoro (accused 1), Nasoro Omari Mtombo (accused 2) and Alawi Ali Zambarau (accused 3) were allegedly caught with on October 31 is indeed cocaine.

The arrests took place at the residence of Zambarau after the Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the police had apparently watched the house continuously for some time. The accused are also charged with defeating or obstructing the cause of justice after they allegedly tried to flush the cocaine down the toilet after the police entered the house.

All of the accused were granted bail of N$5 000 by Magistrate Ingrid Unengu on December 14. During the bail application the court heard that Mtombo and Zambarau were busy preparing food at the residence of Zambarau when Muhongoro arrived and took out some 'stuff' from his pockets.

According to their testimonies, after Muhongoro placed the 'stuff' on the table and started putting it into smaller bags, there was a loud bang on the door followed by a loud noise as if the door was breaking. The court was further told that the police then entered the house and identified themselves as members of the Drug Law Enforcement Unit and indicated to the suspects that the 'stuff' in their possession was cocaine and they were taken into custody.

Mtombo was in Namibia for barely two weeks on a two-month visitor's visa before his arrest. Christiaan Nambahu represents all three accused.

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