Hassan Othman (Hasanoo) lines up as he was sent to Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es salaam yesterday when his case came up for mention. Photo: Tryphone Mweji
Coast Regional Football Association (COREFA) chairman Hassan Othman ‘Hassanoo’ and five others, who are allegedly linked with involvement of ivory trade, have their case adjourned to January 30, this year by the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The prosecution led by State Attorney Aidah Kisumo informed the resident magistrate charges Agness Mchome, who presides over the case, that the investigation into the case is not complete.
Hassanoo and his colleagues were arraigned and charged with three counts, including conspiracy, leading an organized crime and unlawfully dealing with trophies.
Magistrate Mchome adjourned the case until January 31 when it will come for mention and the five accused remain in custody after failing to meet bail conditions while Hassanoo has been denied bail in accordance with the gravity and nature of the alleged offence.
Besides Hassanoo, other accused are Ally Kimwaga, Dustan Mwanga, Godfrey Mwanga, John Mlai, Khalid Fazaldin and Lusekolo Mwakajila, According to the charge sheet, it was alleged that between September 1 and November 20, last year in Dar es Salaam and Hong Kong the accused allegedly conspired to commit an offence of dealing with trophy business without license.
On the second count it was alleged that on the same date and place the accused intentionally organised, managed, supervised and financed a criminal network to carry a business of trophy without dealers’ license by exporting 569 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 1,330 kilograms worth 1,185,030,000/- to Hong Kong.
On the third count it was alleged that willfully and unlawfully the accused allegedly carried the business of trophy dealing without trophy dealers’ license by exporting elephant 569 pieces of elephant tusks of the same weight and amount to Hong Kong.
Hassanoo used to serve as an official of Simba Sports Club of Dar es Salaam and has a strong link with Ruvu Shooting, another Mainland top flight side competing in the ongoing football premiership.