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State files addresses in cocaine 9 case

Sep 15, 2011, 1:15 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

State prosecutors led by the Director of Public Prosecutions, M. Abdullah, yesterday filed state briefs in the multi-million dollar cocaine case involving nine foreign nationals, at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Tabally.

When the case was called, the DPP informed the court that the state was filing written briefs.

Defence counsel Batchilly then applied for a two weeks adjournment to enable him reply on points of law, but he was given seven days to reply.

The case was then adjourned till 23 September 2011.

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.