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Cocaine appeal case resumes

May 29, 2012, 1:20 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The appeal case filed by the seven foreign nationals convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison with hard labour by the lower court in Banjul, for their involvement in the trafficking of two and a half tonnes of cocaine in the country, resumed yesterday at the high court in Banjul.

When the case was called, defence counsel Ngui Mboob-Janneh and Lamin S. Camara jointly told the court that they had filed motions before the court.

The first motion was dated 6th of May 2012 on behalf of the appellants, while another motion was dated 28th May 2012.

The motion dated 28th May 2012 was for the defence to file more grounds of appeal against the conviction and sentences on behalf of the appellants.

However, the state counsel N. Bah told the court that they were just served with the motions by the defence.

The presiding judge, Justice Edrissa Fafa M’bai, also told the court that he just saw the motions, and did not have any clue of the contents.

He said for that reason, the court needed to adjourn the case, till 6 June 2012.

Readers would recall that the appellants are appealing against their conviction and sentence by the lower court in Banjul.

The appellants are Rudy Rasoehamid Ghazi, Juan Carlos Sanchez, George Sanchez, Esteaban Zanvalla, Louis Dose Fermin, Eric Bottini, and Juan Carlos Diaz.