Investigations in N.dollars 206 million cocaine case complete

Investigations in the N. dollars 206 million Walvis Bay cocaine case have been completed and the case is now ready from plea and trial.

This was revealed by State Prosecutor Maggy Shiyagaya-Lotto during a brief appearance of accused Grant Noble and Dinath Azhar in the Walvis Bay Magistrate Court on Thursday.

The case, which had seen a number of postponements since entering the court roll June 2018, will commence with plea and trial on 21 November 2019.

Previously, Shiyagaya-Lotto had told the accused and their representatives that the state was waiting for a statement from the Brazilian court where the consignment is believed to have been sent from, as well as a cellphone believed to contain further information on the matter, which was sent to Israel for analysis.

She also added that extra time was needed to complete their investigations due to the complexity and magnitude of the case.

The accused's legal representatives Jan Hendrik Wessels and Sacky Kadhila Amoomo of Stern and Barnard and Kadhila Amoomo Legal Practitioners respectively, in May this year, questioned why the State needed five more months to complete investigations on a case which was already six months in at that time.

The two, who had requested for the court to consider last postponement as the last one, however agreed to the proposed date for plea and trial.

Noble, 36, and Azhar, 62, were arrested in June 2018, as they were about to claim the container.

The 412 kilogrammes of cocaine were hidden in boxes and declared as stationery.

It is alleged that the container arrived at the Walvis Bay port on 09 June 2018 from Brazil through South Africa and was not claimed.

The container was then kept under surveillance until the owners arrived to claim it.

Noble and Azhar were then arrested and a case of dealing in cocaine was opened.

Magistrate Rhivermo Williams presided over the matter.

Source: Namibia Press Agency