Alleged drug smugglers fighting against bail refusal

24 Jan 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – Two men arrested in June 2018 for allegedly smuggling cocaine valued at N.dollars 206 million through the port of Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region, are now fighting against the refusal of their bail in the High Court.
The two men - Namibian national Grant Noble and South African citizen Dinath Azhar - were both refused bail after they made their first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on 18 June 2018 following strong objections by the prosecution.
On Thursday, the two drug smuggling accused, through their privately-instructed defence lawyer Sisa Namandje, approached the Windhoek High Court with an urgent application in which they are now appealing against the bail refusal by the Walvis Bay court.
In his submission, Namandje asked High Court Judge Naomi Shivute to grant his clients bail in the amount of N.dollars 50 000 each because the police are yet to establish whether the confiscated drugs are cocaine or something else.
On his part, prosecution representative, State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba opposed the granting of bail because the offence is trans-border and police investigations into the matter are still ongoing.
The two arrested men are suspected to be part of an international drug syndicate responsible for smuggling drugs worth millions of dollars on a vessel from Brazil through the Walvis Bay port.
The alleged cocaine was found concealed in boxes of copy papers in a container.
Hearing in respect of the bail refusal continues Friday.
Namandje and Jan Wessels are defending the accused persons.