September 25, 2023

NPA, APM Terminals, and Other Potential Witnesses to Testify in $US 100M Cocaine Case

Monrovia, Liberia – The National Port Authority (NPA), APM Terminals as well as other potential witnesses are expected to testify in the ongoing $ US 100M Cocaine Case following a request made by the defense counsels.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2023, lawyers representing defendants Malam Conte, Adula Djaio, Makki Issam, and Oliver Zayzay requested the Judge of Criminal Court ‘C’ to Blamo Dixon to subpoena the managements of NPA, APM Terminal, and other potential witnesses to testify in the ongoing hundred Million Dollar Cocaine case.

The lawyers requested Judge Dixon to issue a writ of subpoena Decu Tecum on the management of NPA, and APM Terminals, and subpoena Ad-Testificadum on other potential witnesses.

The subpoena Testificadum is expected to be served on James Hinneh, of the Customs Brokers Union, Othello Gablah, publisher of the New Dawn newspapers, the Management of the Financial Intelligence Unit, and the Anti-Smuggling Unit of the Customs Services of Liberia.

The request made by the defense counsels is aimed at testifying in favor of the defendants.

The defense counsels argued that it has been allegedly reported that TRH Trading Cooperation is being given special treatment by the management of APN and ATM Terminals something which prompted James Hinneh, President of Custom Brokers Union to voice out loudly.

According to the defense team, their request to invite APN, and ATM Terminals management is to aid in the ongoing 100M Cocaine case at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice.

They believed that it is the responsibility of the National Port Authority and ATM Terminals to free and clear containers at the Free Port of Monrovia as such, they should be able to tell whether the container of the 100 million Cocaine was free and cleared by them. And if not, NPA and ATM should tell why the TRH Trading Cooperation container that contained the $US 100M cocaine did not go through the normal process.

Meanwhile, the application of the defense for insurance of writ of Subpoena Decu Tecum and Ad-Testificadum on the individuals and the institutions named above was granted by Judge Dixon.

The case is expected to resume on Monday, April 24, 2023, at 10:30 Am.

Reported by: G. Watson Richards

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