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Defence witness cross-examined in cocaine 9 trial

Aug 4, 2011, 1:18 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Rudy Rasoehamid Gazi, the 1st accused person in the multi-million dollar cocaine trial involving nine foreign nationals, was yesterday cross-examined at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before acting-Principal Magistrate Taiwo Alagba.

The nine accused persons are: Ephriam Micheal Chiduben a Nigerian national, Juan Carlos Sanchez, Eric Bottini, Dose Fermin, Juan Carlos Diaz, and Esteaban Zavala all Venezuelan nationals, George Sanchez a Mexican/Liberian national, as well as Rudy Rasoehamid Gazi and Dennis Wilgo Winter both Dutch nationals.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to traffic in prohibited drugs, trafficking in drugs, dealing in prohibited drugs, having firearm without authority, importation of firearm without authority, among others.

Gazi, under cross-examination, told the court that he has a brother call Aziz, but refuted a statement that his brother was arrested for drug trafficking, which led to the confiscation of his personal vehicle.

He added that, after the release of his brother, he was flown to Holland, denying that his vehicle was ever impounded.

He told the court that the land in Bonto was allocated to him by the Alkalo, adding that this was where the cocaine was discovered.

“I was under the control of the security personnel. They asked me to lead them to Bonto, where the warehouse was built. I and Pepe financed the construction of the warehouse, but I was not aware of the construction of the underground,” he added.

He said the keys were with one Mr Coker.

The case continues today.