- ELEVEN foreigners accused of trafficking drugs worth over 9bn/- yesterday requested the court to throw them in the sea so that they can die because every day their case is only mentioned and they don’t have any relatives in Tanzania who can help them.
The accused made the remarks before Senior Resident Magistrate Warialwande Lema after the prosecution informed the court that investigation into the case was still in progress.
“Your honour we are tired of staying in prison...since 2014 when we were remanded our case comes here for mention only; it is better you throw us in the sea,” they said.
Mid this year, the court was told that Captain Ayoub Hoof Mohamed who was the first accused in the case died in custody.
The accused were charged with being in possession of 200 kilos of heroin stashed in a ship and are being held in remand at Keko prison. Four of the accused are Pakistani nationals and the other eight are Iranians.
Apart from Mohamed who was the vessel’s captain, others are Mohamed Rahim, Baksh Mohamed, Fahiz Dauda, Rahim Baksh, Khalid Ally, Abduil Sorid, Adbul Khrbakashi, Saeed Sahiri, Bashir Afraz, Morad Bakshir and Hazir Hazad.
According to the charge sheet, it is alleged that on February 4, this year, in Tanzania territorial waters in Dar es Salaam, the accused were found trafficking into the country dangerous drugs namely heroin hydrochloride valued at 9,022,5000,000/-.
According to the prosecution, the accused are alleged to have trafficked 200.5 kilos of heroin contrary to Section 16(1) (b) of the Drugs and Prevention of Illicit Trafficking of Drugs Act.
The seizure of the drugs was part of an operation done in collaboration with other organs from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states and other countries from around the world.