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Hassanoo case pushed back

29th November 2012
Hassan Othman ‘Hassanoo’

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday adjourned the case against the Coast Region Football Association (COREFA) chairman, Hassan Othman ‘Hassanoo’, and five others until December 12, this year.

Defence advocate Majura Magafu claimed to the court that after passing through the charge sheet he recognised that it is only the first count which the accused can secure bail but other two counts need bail to be sought at the High Court.

Hassanoo and his colleagues were arraigned before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court at the end of last week allegedly charged with three counts, including conspiracy, leading an organised crime and unlawfully dealing in trophies.

The prosecution led by State Attorney Shadrack Kimaro informed the court that the investigation into the case is not complete.

Magistrate Tarimo adjourned the case until December 12, this year when it comes for mention and the accused remained in custody because their offences are charged with can not be bailed.

Besides Hassanoo, other accused are Ally Kimwaga, Dunstan Mwanga, Godfrey Mwanga, John Mlai and Khalid Fazaldin.

According to the charge sheet, it was alleged that between September 1 and November 20, this 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 trophy 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.


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